And during the whole of the dance he was cudgeling his brains as to the meaning of pretty Michal's words.
They walked out to the avenue, Joe cudgeling his brains as to what the next step should be.
“But I can not now recall ever having dared to find fault with you, Mademoiselle,” I said, cudgeling my brains.
Edouard was in despair, and Lampin was cudgeling his brains, swearing that they should not take him alive.
Tom had been cudgeling his brains to remember all that Old Sol had told him about his favorite places for setting his mink traps.
There is a possibility, he said, as one cudgeling his brains to recall something once known but long out of memory.
She carried a cane in her bony right hand and the notion came to me that she was looking for bad boys who deserved a cudgeling.
Here have I been cudgeling my brains all day to devise means to retain a cook that will please you!
He was surprised to find that by cudgeling his memory he had no need to call upon imagination to furnish interesting details.
Mullins began to appreciate the situation, and he was cudgeling his brains for an explanation.
Old English cycgel "club with rounded head;" perhaps from PIE root *geu- "to curve, bend."
"to beat with a cudgel," 1590s, from cudgel (n.). Related: Cudgeled; cudgeling.