Informal a question, problem, etc. that puzzles
Origin of head-scratcherfrom head-scratching
(plural head scratchers)
- A device used to scratch the head.
- Her aunt's husband or her grandfather brings a head scratcher. "If the maid scratched her hair or body with her fingers during these days of observance, her hair would fall out."
- (idiomatic) A particularly puzzling or confusing event.
- "A judge will decide what is the most logical, although I'm sure to some judges [freezing the body] will seem like science fiction and a wild scheme," McDonald said. "Other judges make think this is a good thing. It will be a head scratcher for the judge."
- scratch one's head