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brown study

deep, serious absorption in thought:
Lost in a brown study, she was oblivious to the noise.
Origin of brown study
First recorded in 1525-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Katy stood in what is commonly designated as a "brown study."

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Fyles looked up from the brown study into which he had fallen.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Kate suddenly looked up from the brown study into which she had fallen.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • She was setting there in a brown study, with it laying in her lap.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Duvall made no further comment and relapsed into a brown study.

    The Ivory Snuff Box Arnold Fredericks
  • Corbin Wood, who had been standing in a brown study, began to descend the steps.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Greg started out of a brown study at hearing his name spoken.

  • He was still in a brown study as he took the bundles from Izzy and dropped them on his bed.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • “I must speak with the young lady,” said the clergyman, still in a brown study.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • The Commandant stood for a minute or so in a brown study, eyeing the box.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for brown study

brown study

a mood of deep absorption or thoughtfulness; reverie
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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