Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

pick your brain(s)

pick someone's brainpick someone's brains
Meaning(s)
1) ask someone for advice or information about something
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    • pick your brain for ideas
  • Analysis
    The idiom to pick someone's brains is used to describe a situation where you wish to consult or interrogate someone on a subject where they are an authority.  Usually, someone who knows a lot about the subject in question and who might offer advice or help.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. If you're having problems with your car then you should pick Fiona's brain. She's an expert on German vehicles.
    2. I am seriously thinking about building an extension on my house would you mind if I picked your brains on a few things I need to consider?
    3. If you are making an important decision it helps to pick other people's brains to consider it from different perspectives.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I spent the meeting picking Carol's brain for ideas for the upcoming launch.
    2. Hey Paul, do you have a moment? I was hoping to pick your brains about a problem I've been having with the software.
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