bake one's noodle


Russian - Ukraine
bake one's noodle


This is from the Matrix movie. Neo is at the Oracle's place:

—And don't worry about the vase.
—What vase?
Here Neo accidentally makes the vase fall and break into pieces.
—I'm sorry.
—I said, don't worry about it. I'll get one of my kids to fix it.
—How did you know?
—What's really going to bake your noodle later on is would you still have broken it if I hadn't said anything?​

She seems to mean, "Later you will think, what would have happened if I hadn't said anything." But, why bake and why noodle? Is it an idiom? Thanks in advance for your replies.
  • sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    I've never encountered "bake your noodle," but expressions such as that are constantly being invented by authors. Here, it appears to mean "disturb you."

    Note that "noodle" in this context is neatly defined in our dictionary

    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014

    noo•dle2 /ˈnudəl/n.
    Slang Terms
    the head.



    Russian - Ukraine
    Now that I think about it, the Oracle was baking cookies. And before that (before getting to Oracle's place), Neo showed the others where he used to eat noodles. That may have to do with it.


    Senior Member
    "Make you think/wonder" seems to be the idea. Would "overheat your brain" or "scratch your head work? "Blow your mind" is probably too far away from the original expression.
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