brain-work

brainwork

[breyn-wurk]
noun
1.
work or effort consisting principally or largely of mental activity, thought, imagination, etc., as opposed to physical or manual work.
2.
the effort of thought, reasoning, planning, or the like; ordered or directed thinking: Solving problems is a form of brainwork.

Origin:
1835–45; brain + work

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