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or brain-child, brain child

[breyn-chahyld] /ˈbreɪnˌtʃaɪld/
noun, plural brainchildren.
a product of one's creative work or thought.
Origin of brainchild
1880-85; brain + child Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for brain child
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  • How does your brain child look to you in black and white, Tim?

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • Balcom entered the library just as Davis was about to leave, hugging close to him his brain child.

    The Master Mystery Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  • I verily believe he hated to destroy this brain child of his.

British Dictionary definitions for brain child


noun (pl) -children
(informal) an idea or plan produced by creative thought; invention
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for brain child

also brainchild, "idea, creation of one's own," 1881, from brain (n.) + child. Earlier was the more alliterative brain-brat (1630).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for brain child



Someone's great idea; a product of creative thinking and word: my brainchild, a bestseller

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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