in a brown study

in a brown study

in a reverie and absorbed in your thoughts

The earliest meaning of brown in English was simply dark. From this, an extended sense of gloomy or serious developed and it is apparently from this sense that we get the phrase in a brown study.

2001 - New York Review of Books - When he isn't stirring up mischief or conniving for gold or composing beautiful poetry, he's apt to be sunk in a brown study.

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as brown as a berry

(of a person) very suntanned

brownie point

an imaginary award given to someone who does good deeds or tries to please – informal

The Brownies are the junior wing of the Guides. The organization awards points and badges for proficiency in various activities.

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