I fired up my Xbox and opened a word-processor and started to brainstorm ideas for my papers.
"And then my erstwhile associate Jimenez had a brainstorm," said Terry ruefully.
It may seem rude to say so, but Orangeism consists mainly of a settled hallucination and an annual brainstorm.
Dont worry, said Harvey, Flo probably had a brainstorm and called them already.
It had been a brainstorm selecting only girls—and pretty young things, at that—for the Interstellar Symphony.
brainstorm "brilliant idea, mental excitement, fit of mental application," 1849, from brain + figurative use of storm. As a verb, recorded from 1920s. Related: Brainstorming.