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brown study

deep, serious absorption in thought:
Lost in a brown study, she was oblivious to the noise.
Origin of brown study
1525-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had eaten next to nothing during the meal, and had sat in a sort of brown-study from which Alice kindly forbore to arouse him.

  • "And more people to do it, too," muttered Tom Trefethen, as he sank into a brown-study.

    The Copper Princess Kirk Munroe
  • By the help of brown-study from the interior of our brain, from revelation, or from experience?

  • After all, employment, next to a clear conscience, is the best antidote to a brown-study.

    Hildebrand Anonymous
  • He warn't hearing a word Lem Beebe was saying; and when he got through he was still in that brown-study, just the same.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Arthur made no comment, but stood awhile by the window in a brown-study, twisting his lip, and frowning slightly.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Toby put another doughnut in the outstretched hand, and then sat silently, as if in a brown-study over some difficult problem.

  • Next came a long procession composed of high numbers, all of the "brown-study color."

    The Monikins J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for brown-study

brown study

a mood of deep absorption or thoughtfulness; reverie
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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