Meaning: I’m maxed out. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: my brain is toast*
Rewrite 2: my head is dopedadj2
Rewrite 3: I’m numb from the brain stem up
Rewrite 4: my brain is running on fumes*
*scroll down for entry
Comment: Although I have kept the metaphor to the brain, you could also use the heart, the soul, and – depending on your topic – other parts of the body or material objects.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Taipei Times: “Clichés and worse in Rani Manicka novel about Bali.”
Note: By providing links to other websites I am only showing you what is out there about clichés – I am not endorsing any content or opinion expressed there.
Check out the new alphabetical list of all my cliché rewrites available in the archive list at the right. To search the page using Internet Explorer, just go to “Edit” in the top menu bar, select “Find”, then enter the cliché or a word from it.