This idiom may be literally translated as "to wind one's own brains" and may also be written "estrujarse los sesos."
devanarse los sesosintransitive verb phrase
1. (idiom) (to think hard)
a. to rack one's brains (idiom)
Tuve que devanarme los sesos para resolver el problema de matemáticas.I had to rack my brains to solve the math problem.
b. to rack one's brain (idiom)
Mientras aquel chico tan guapo me hablaba, yo me devanaba los sesos tratando de recordar su nombre.While that really good-looking guy was talking to me, I was racking my brain trying to remember his name.
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