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pick someone's brain

pick someone's brain

Date: Feb 03 2011

Themes: Celebrity


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I really picked Beyonce’s brain and asked her a million things.”

- Actress Gwyneth Paltrow on how she prepared for her role as a singer in the new movie Country Strong. (Us Weekly)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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seek information from someone; ask questions

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Have you ever known someone so smart and interesting, you wished you could look inside his brain and learn everything he knew? That’s what the expression pick someone’s brain is all about. When you pick someone’s brain, you ask him lots of questions and try to learn as much as you can from him.

Often we pick someone’s brain about a particular subject that the person has special knowledge about. Beyonce has special knowledge about what it’s like to be a singer. Gwyneth Paltrow needed information about that, in order to help prepare her for her role in the movie Country Strong. In the film, she plays a country singer who struggles with the price of fame. So Gwyneth picked Beyonce’s brain about her life as a famous musician.

You can use the expression pick someone’s brain in any tense. Just change the form of the verb pick. You can say that Gwyneth Paltrow picked Beyonce’s brain. Or you can ask her whose brain she will pick for her next role.

Is there anyone whose brain you would like to pick? Has anyone ever picked your brain?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“I can’t wait to pick Mike’s brain about his Britney Spears sighting.”

“Jennifer picked Chloe’s brain for over an hour about what to expect on the history exam.”

“I would love to meet a great actor like Jack Nicholson, just to pick his brain.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

to extract information from someone
by Bitten by an Arab bug
bienemaja to get ideas
by bienemaja
the water learn from somebody
by the water
Gaby313 to talk to someone to get information
by Gaby313
Droomek Talk with someone to find out information about something.
by Droomek
Manu4 To take advices or knowledges from someone else
by Manu4
lu2993 Is when you talk with someone to find out information about something.
by lu2993
Hugoffim Ask a lot to know everything about someone.
by Hugoffim
ЈǾôĐ pick someone's brain V It means: To seek information from someone knowledgeable; to ask questions of someone. good luck every one
by ЈǾôĐ

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Viet Nam

learn experience from veteran

09:16 AM Mar 26 2011 |



I always picked my teacher's brain in order to learn deeply.

06:25 PM Feb 22 2011 |

Natalia 1979


to wringe information from somebody

05:12 PM Feb 20 2011 |


Russian Federation

I would like to pick some animators' and painters' brain, because I want to know more about working as an animator or a painter.

06:49 PM Feb 07 2011 |




I can . But i don´t like so much

09:22 PM Feb 05 2011 |

Natalia 1979


asking lots of questions



08:53 PM Feb 05 2011 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

as a matter of fact, I don't like to pick someone's  brain. I think it is not good behavior I know using other experience is helpful always, but i can't, I like to understand things by myself.

09:45 AM Feb 05 2011 |


Saudi Arabia

ask a lot of questions and find out everything

07:54 PM Feb 03 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

pick someone's btain. to consulted him

03:03 PM Feb 03 2011 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I pick Azad's brain finally!! :D That was cool!

02:56 PM Feb 03 2011 |




   One of my coworkers  is very lazy  and is always picking my brain with things related to       our job.     

11:18 AM Feb 03 2011 |



Russian Federation

Of course I used to pick someone's brain many times in order to get some info about the subject in which I was intrested. Usually it was brains of my friends, relatives, co-workers, etc. And I used to share my experience with other people too. For example my friends picked my brains when I had jumped with parachute, or my co-workers asked me questions about some suit cases.

10:32 AM Feb 03 2011 |



Getting the ideas or knowledge from knowledgeable people in various of field.

09:45 AM Feb 03 2011 |




It means talk to someone's too much until u make he/she feel dizzy.

04:29 AM Feb 03 2011 |



to find as much as information from someone….

03:46 AM Feb 03 2011 |

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