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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
1525-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • How long he would have sat will never be known, if his brown study had not been ended by Rivington's entrance.

  • I was standing in a brown study when I heard the skipper's voice calling me.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • It was rather a silent drive, for Will obediently kept his muffler up, and Tom fell into a brown study.

    An Old-fashioned Girl Louisa May Alcott
  • Toward noon he returned, and I could see that he was in a brown study.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Then he went into a brown study, which is one way of saying that he thought very hard.

    The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk Thornton W. Burgess
  • I got into a brown study, and was waked out of it by Miss Cardigan's "What is it, my dear?"

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • Mr. Witherington having pulled the bell again, fell into a brown study.

  • For some minutes he continued in what for some reason or other is known as a brown study.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • She wrinkled up her brows, and lost herself in a brown study.

  • Then he turned to the window, and remained for a long time in a brown study.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
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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