from The Century Dictionary.

  • Harassing; perplexing.


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  • Cox and Forshaw encourage the reader to imagine how a succession of bullet-like particles could build up an interference pattern—a worthwhile exercise "because it's futile, and a few hours of brain-racking should convince you that a stripy pattern is inconceivable."

    Making Sense of It All

  • In this connection may I venture to call your attention to what a brain-racking job the office of Governor is.

    The Inspector-General

  • No matter what the subject might be, a brain-racking effort was made to squirm it into some aspect or other that the moral and religious mind could contemplate with edification.

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • Before his friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet, for a few moments, gives up his brain-racking thoughts of penitence; he even endeavours to philosophise, as he may have done at the University of Wittenberg before he allowed himself to be lured into dreamland.

    Shakspere and Montaigne

  • Midnight: I had sent out the night-firing orders to our four batteries, checked watches over the telephone, and put in a twenty minutes 'wrestle with the brain-racking Army Form B. 213.

    Pushed and the Return Push

  • Via Hammersmith, Kew Bridge, Brentford, and Hounslow was our way out of town, and a more awful, brain-racking, and discouraging start it would have been impossible to make.

    The Automobilist Abroad

  • So, after deliberate brain-racking, he went one better with the information:

    Tell England A Study in a Generation

  • A silence, significant of much brain-racking, followed.

    The Primrose Ring

  • Was not this the way to obtain release from that hard labour, to get out of that brain-racking circle?

    The Path of Life

  • For the next day or two Paul lived in a whirl of telephones, telegrams, letters, scurryings across London, interviews, brain-racking questionings and reiterated declarations of political creed.

    The Fortunate Youth


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