from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a brain. Often used in combination: small-brained reptiles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having a particular kind or brain, as described by the word with which this term is combined, usually figuratively.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of brain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Supplied with brains.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Furnished with brains: used chiefly in composition: as, crack-brained; harebrained.
- [Pp. of brain, v.] Having the brains knocked or dashed out; killed by a blow which breaks the skull.
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Since the Kennedy cousin brained Martha Moxley with a five iron, I propose that we outlaw golf.
They gods needed to achieve their goals, and if high-level "brained" individuals were allowed in these positions they would do what was in their self-interest and that woudl be the best job in the capacity entrusted to them.
"I was raised in a country where they took fools out an 'brained 'em with an axe.
Carrie also let me know that using "brained" to mean "hit in the head" dates back to Shakespeare times ( "Zounds, an I were now by this rascal, I could brain him with his lady's fan.",
I would add a seventh, some senior officer will always come up with a bollock brained new scheme to get themselves promoted at the expense of common sense.
Having a hair brained story along those lines doesn't allow us to escape, it brings us crashing back down into reality.
If her aspirational hero is the urbane Carrie Bradshaw or was until the disaster that is the movie Sex and the City 2, his is, well, the potty-mouthed and -brained Adam Sandler.
But for the State Dept weenies to be spearheading this lame-brained scheme is an indication that our government is completely clueless.
In yesterday's FT, Andrew Adonis, big-brained policy wonk turned activist transport secretary, now head of the Sainsbury-funded Institute for Government, admitted the need for better leadership (fewer reshuffles of ministers and top officials would help) and performance, for instance via management boards with can-do non-execs from the private sector.
You see, he tells us, evolution was bound to "converge" (as theorized by Simon Conway Morris) not necessarily on a human being but on -- well, as Miller has said, it could have been "a big-brained dinosaur, or ... a mollusk with exceptional mental capabilities."
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