food for thought


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Noun1.food for thought - anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
pabulum - insipid intellectual nourishment
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This observation furnished the detective food for thought, and meanwhile the consul went away to his office.
This little pout had furnished Gringoire with food for thought.
M'ganwazam will rear him carefully, making a good cannibal of him, and if you ever chance to return to civilization it will doubtless afford you much food for thought as you compare the luxuries and comforts of your life with the details of the life your son is living in the village of the Waganwazam.
Fully assured in his own mind that his daughter had been picked up by a passing steamer, he gave over the last vestige of apprehension concerning her welfare, and devoted his giant intellect solely to the consideration of those momentous and abstruse scientific problems which he considered the only proper food for thought in one of his erudition.
Baffling as it was, as all manifestations of life were baffling, it had given him food for thought.
WHAT the creature had told her gave Tara of Helium food for thought.
He has left us much food for thought, a portion of which shall lend its wisdom to a moral, and be shaped into a figure.
It was the note which the family had taken to sounding on the mention of the Countess Olenska's name, since she had surprised and inconvenienced them by remaining obdurate to her husband's advances; but on May's lips it gave food for thought, and Archer looked at her with the sense of strangeness that sometimes came over him when she was most in the tone of her environment.
He had time, in passing along the Rue des Petits-Champs, to see something which afforded him plenty of food for thought and conjecture.
Mohammed Beyd is your only hope," and with this assertion to provide the captive with food for thought, the Arab spurred forward toward the head of the column.
This nervousness and sudden care on her part, which had struck Monsieur Darzac, had given me, also, food for thought.
There was much food for thought in the man- ner in which he replied.