from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Intellectual labor; cerebration.


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  • I wished the ending had been unpacked a bit, but I also know that MacLeod sometimes expects a bit of brain-work from his readers.

    August Books 1) To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

  • People come to work—not to sew clothing or to build locomotives, as they did in the past, but to do brain-work.

    Makeshift Metropolis

  • And in line with this fetish, I loveTV programmes that are so very cliched or an obvious and cynical attempt to draw on the success of another, similar project that they are little more than enjoyable pastiches, marrying the best qualities oftheir competitors and predecessors, but making sure no actual brain-work went into their formation.

    Simon Revs It Up With STREET HAWK on DVD | Obsessed With Film

  • I run ads from time to time for positions that require serious brain-work, but the only candidates that show up for the jobs are Chinese, Indians, and Russians.

    Myths and Legends: Harvard

  • He is exhausted, I say, by too much brain-work, by irregular courses, and by the repeated use of too powerful stimulants.

    The Magic Skin

  • They could make as much or more for the glory of the country; they could be at any rate of infinitely greater service, but they would not be received, simply because they would compel close attention and brain-work in the reader as well as in the writer of them.

    Belloc Speaks - On the Decline of the Book

  • To read History involves not only some permanent interest in things not immediately sensible, but also some permanent brain-work in the reader; for as one reads history one cannot, if one is an intelligent being, forbear perpetually to contrast the lessons it teaches with the received opinions of our time.

    Belloc Speaks - On the Decline of the Book

  • It would be well for all of the genus irritabile thus to add something of skilled labour to intangible brain-work.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • It was too much brain-work, and was too productive of anxiety to keep him in order.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • “You will not give me anything to eat because my hands have not the appearance of being toil-hardened, but you must understand that it is much harder to do brain-work, and sometimes the head feels like bursting with the effort it is forced to make.”

    Ivan the Fool


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