Idiom – Pick Your Brain

English Idiom – Pick somebody’s brain.

Meaning – To obtain information by asking someone questions. To ask advice about something from someone who knows a lot about it. Request information from someone knowledgeable.

Other English expressions featuring parts of the body

You might need to pick someone’s brain if you can’t figure something out (phrasal verb). This phrasal verb is used to state that you can understand something or solve a problem.


When could you use this idiom?

  • When you need to ask an expert advice on completing a difficult task.
  • You need help at work from someone with experience.
  • If you need advice from someone about a problem you are having.
  • You ask your parents to help you solve a problem you are having with your kids!


  • “I have absolutely no idea how to fix this problem. I’m going to find Mike and pick his brains!”

In The News:

“I want to pick your brain about eliminations a bit: Do you have a favorite elimination you’ve participated in throughout your Challenge career?”


  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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