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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.


    James Joyce

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

  • 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.