brain drain

noun
a loss of trained professional personnel to another company, nation, etc., that offers greater opportunity.
Also, brain-drain.


Origin:
1960–65

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brain drain
 
n
informal the emigration of scientists, technologists, academics, etc, for better pay, equipment, or conditions

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brain-drain definition


  1. n.
    the movement of intellectuals from one country to another where the pay and job opportunities are better. : Where there is a good education system, there will always be a brain-drain.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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brain drain

The departure of educated or talented persons for better pay or jobs elsewhere, as in The repression of free speech in Germany triggered a brain drain to Britain and America. The term originated about 1960, when many British scientists and intellectuals emigrated to the United States for a better working climate.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
The low pay in professional jobs has led to the brain drain.
Overall, the brain drain actually helps poor countries.
These figures do not necessarily indicate a brain drain.
The region suffers from low standards of living and a serious brain drain, and
  frustration is widespread.
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