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[breyn-wurk] /ˈbreɪnˌwɜrk/
work or effort consisting principally or largely of mental activity, thought, imagination, etc., as opposed to physical or manual work.
the effort of thought, reasoning, planning, or the like; ordered or directed thinking:
Solving problems is a form of brainwork.
Origin of brainwork
First recorded in 1835-45; brain + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I may have brainwork to do, or something important to think about There is no comparison.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • Get Dilly to make you that boiled rice every night after your brainwork.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • And even then he will sometimes say, "How about the brainwork?"

    The Impossibilities of Anarchism George Bernard Shaw
  • Margaret was smiling wonderingly up at this prettiness, but Kitty seemed to be doing some brainwork.

  • The place of honour was reserved for those crafts in which brainwork took precedence over manual work.

  • Extremely clever at any form of brainwork, she was gauche and brusque in her manners, and totally lacking in perception.

  • No amount of brainwork has conjured any sense from Iffley, and the etymology has been placed on the shelf as “unknown”.

    Archaic England Harold Bayley

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