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brain-trust

[breyn-truhst]
verb (used with object)
to serve as a brain trust or a brain truster for: They have brain-trusted many major corporations.
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Word Origin & History

brain trust
occasionally used since early 1900s, it became current in 1933, in reference to the intellectuals gathered by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt as advisors; from brain + trust (n.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Cultural Dictionary

brain trust definition


A group of experts who serve as advisers to a government or an organization: “Before being appointed to the cabinet, Brown had been a leading figure in a financial brain trust.”

brain trust definition


A group of intellectuals and planners who act as advisers, especially to a government. The phrase is particularly associated with the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Idioms & Phrases

brain trust

A group of experts who serve as unofficial but vital advisers. For example, Each town manager seemed to have his or her own brain trust, which of course changed with every election. This term, closely associated with President Franklin Roosevelt's advisers on domestic and foreign policy in the early 1930s, was first recorded in 1910.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Most of the reformist brain trust has been rounded up.
He has no brain trust and no long-term cadre of strategists and political confidants.
It's something that's beyond our control even with this brain trust here on the instruction panel.
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