Head-scratcher meaning

hedskrachər
A question, problem, etc. that puzzles.
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A scratcher for the head.
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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."

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(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."

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Origin of head-scratcher

  • Compound of head +‎ scratcher. Literal sense 1873, figurative 1971.
    From Wiktionary