To turn the brain of

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To turn the brain of to make giddy, wild, insane, or the like; to infatuate; to overthrow the reason or judgment of; as, a little success turned his head .
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Usage

In literature:

The loss of her jewel seems almost to have turned her brain.
"The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins
He would not turn from the truth, that, with his strength of body and brain to command happiness and growth, his life had been a failure.
"Margret Howth, A Story of To-day" by Rebecca Harding Davis
Bradley was racking his brain to find some suggestion of a plan whereby he might turn the situation to his own account.
"Out of Time's Abyss" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Fortunately for mankind the brain in a life of action turns more to the matter in hand than to conjuring up the chances of the future.
"Prester John" by John Buchan
The glorious prospect of his son's banishment to China appeared to turn his brain.
"No Name" by Wilkie Collins
Talent turned to intrigue, and character was the toy of the scheming and flexible brain.
"The Women of the French Salons" by Amelia Gere Mason
And this in turn means perfect obedience of the physical organs of speech to the brain messages that are received.
"Stammering, Its Cause and Cure" by Benjamin Nathaniel Bogue
And as the import of the letter penetrated Bryant's brain, his heart seemed to turn to ice.
"The Iron Furrow" by George C. Shedd
It is this that has turned the brain of nearly all the learned world of to-day.
"On the Sublime" by Longinus
At last physical fatigue began to assert itself with a clearing of the brain and he turned his steps back toward his starting point.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
It seemed to me that some of the speakers must have been born with their brains turned the wrong way.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
Then the man of ideas began to turn his brain to saving Mother the trouble of selecting the tea-room equipment.
"The Innocents" by Sinclair Lewis
It is enough to turn the brain to think of such things.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
The termite team turned away from the bar, as if it were now a matter of indifference to the bloated brain borne on their backs.
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst
This unconquerable vanity, if not turned to use for his good, makes a tough of the lad with more muscle than brains in a perfectly natural way.
"The Children of the Poor" by Jacob A. Riis
Even as she turned to heal the farmer, a section of her brain drew conclusions from the fact she could be relieved of her powers.
"Earth Alert!" by Kris Neville
I answered nothing to this, but stood and listened with eyes turned aside, while the broken brain of the poor creature rambled on.
"The Deemster" by Hall Caine
If she turned her eyes to right or left, she seemed to be dragging weights across the front of her brain.
"Out of the Air" by Inez Haynes Irwin
The strain of suspense was enough to turn one's brain.
"By Right of Sword" by Arthur W. Marchmont
Their blood has turned to a not very high quality of gray matter in the brain.
"Dodo's Daughter" by E. F. Benson
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In poetry:

Ah heart, ah heart, I turn away
From the dreams of my idle brain,
And sigh to think that this summer day
Hath power to bring me pain;
"The Pool" by Alexander Anderson
If thou wouldst soothe my burning brain,
Sing not to me of joy and gladness;
'T will but increase the raging pain,
And turn the fever into madness.
"Yes! Strike Again That Sounding String" by James Monroe Whitfield
I fellowed sleep who kissed me in the brain,
Let fall the tear of time; the sleeper's eye,
Shifting to light, turned on me like a moon.
So, planning-heeled, I flew along my man
And dropped on dreaming and the upward sky.
"I Fellowed Sleep" by Dylan Thomas
Yet gifts should prove their use:
I own the Past profuse
Of power each side, perfection every turn:
Eyes, ears took in their dole,
Brain treasured up the whole;
Should not the heart beat once "How good to live and learn?"
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning
I was not bound. I let myself go completely; went
To those indulgences, half actual,
And half were turned about in my own brain;
Went into the illuminated night;
And drank strong wines, as when
The champions of pleasure drink strong wine.
"I Went" by Constantine P Cavafy

In news:

The release of the neurotransmitter dopamine acts to turn on the pleasure circuits in our brain.
The magnetic energy of TMS causes the brain cells closest to the surface of the brain to increase their activity which in turn influences the activity of the brain as a whole.
It would turn out to be a tool used for the removal of the brain .
Sarnoff is one of many Western tech research outfits that have turned to India for its combination of low labor costs, big brains , and English speakers the likes of which are available nowhere else in the world.
The tide of brain drain – from developing countries to industrialized nations – has turned.
While researchers have been racing to decode the human genome and policy-makers have been fretting over the first cloned human embryo, the low-profile flow of discoveries about the brain has turned into a flood.
0An Elsa family with hearing disabilities turned to Action 4 News for help with the medical expenses of their one-year-old daughter who suffers from a brain tumor.
It would turn out to be a tool used for the removal of the brain.
Turns out that when a logo for a fast-food chain comes up — the golden arches, say — the pleasure centers of kids' brains light up, showing that a connection is being made to something considered a treat or a reward.
It is common for new patients to feel they have more questions than answers, and the one place many people with brain tumors turn to is The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
As lust turns to love, a different part of the brain is activated, researchers say.
This spring, a couple of neuroscience researchers at Harvard published a study that finally explained why we like to talk about ourselves so much: sharing our thoughts, it turns out, activates the brain's reward system.
The sort of short, simple explanations of complex brain functions that often make for good headlines rarely turn out to be true.
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In science:

In the final chapter of his book, McFadden turns his attention to the brain.
A review of Johnjoe McFadden's book ``Quantum Evolution''
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