braintrust

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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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.).
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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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