Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
pick your brain(s)
pick someone's brainpick someone's brains
1) ask someone for advice or information about something
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pick your brain for ideas
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)
If you're having problems with your car then you should pick Fiona's brain. She's an expert on German vehicles.
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?
If you are making an important decision it helps to pick other people's brains to consider it from different perspectives.
Professional Examples (Advance)
I spent the meeting picking Carol's brain for ideas for the upcoming launch.
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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