‘put on your thinking cap’

When someone tells you to put on your thinking cap, what they want you to do is to start thinking seriously about some problem. They want you to come up with a solution.

Example: Sujatha put her thinking cap on and came up with an answer.

Origin: In the old days a judge used to put on a cap before he sentenced someone and this cap was called a thinking cap.

Source: S. Upendran, The Hindu ‘Know Your English’ Series, March 6, 2006


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