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Brains Trust

noun, (sometimes lowercase) British.
a panel of experts on radio or television, giving impromptu answers to selected questions from the listening audience.

brain trust

a group of experts from various fields who serve as unofficial consultants on matters of policy and strategy.
Also, British, Brains Trust.
Origin of brain trust
1905-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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British Dictionary definitions for brains-trust

brains trust

a group of knowledgeable people who discuss topics in public or on radio or television
(US) Also called brain trust. a group of experts who advise the government
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Word Origin and History for brains-trust

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 (n.) + trust (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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brains-trust in Culture

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with brains-trust

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.
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