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  • noun someone whose profession involves using his head to solve problems


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  • Woe to the brain-worker who allows himself to fall entirely from thought into revery!

    Les Miserables

  • His irritability, though it might have been comprehensible to an urban brain-worker, was an amazing thing to these quiet Sussex villagers.

    The Invisible Man

  • He imagines that publishers and booksellers should keep all their engagements with him to the letter; — but that he, as a brain-worker, and conscious of the subtle nature of the brain, should be able to exempt himself from bonds when it suits him.

    An Autobiography

  • In spite of the apparent overeating of the brain-worker, I believe the farmer and the manual laborer break down at an earlier age, for the reason that they overwork and generally eat when too tired to digest fully: the farmer is rarely content to do one day's work in one day when the crop season invites him to make the most of fair days.

    The No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting-Cure

  • Hence, the forces of the brain-worker, being required for mental exertion, should not be expended to an unwarranted extent on the task of digestion.

    A Practical Physiology

  • Then, again, the doctors, it was urged, had discovered that tea was the best stimulant for the athlete and for the brain-worker.

    Manners and Social Usages

  • This simple diet suits both the brain-worker and the athlete, though each will have to make a selection of those foods most required by him.

    Papers on Health

  • -- That almost every brain-worker would be the better for abstinence.

    Study and Stimulants; Or, the Use of Intoxicants and Narcotics in Relation to Intellectual Life

  • The writer and brain-worker will do best, as a rule, on little butcher meat, taking chiefly fish, eggs, and light milk foods, with vegetables and fruits.

    Papers on Health

  • The utmost that a persistent brain-worker of this century can do is to keep himself bodily up to mental requirements.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866


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