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May 27, 2011

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Vance Maverick

Google Books shows some other cases where this is used in the way people more recently said "pick [someone's] brains". Not that that makes it great writing! But it seems less a desperate grab for an effective image, and more a mere cliché.

Miriam

I can't think why this expression might have died out...

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