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[tef-lon] /ˈtɛf lɒn/
a fluorocarbon polymer with slippery, nonsticking properties; polytetrafluoroethylene.
characterized by imperviousness to blame or criticism:
a Teflon politician. Unabridged
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  • We don't know the formula yet, but it is as much more stable than our Teflon as Teflon is than corn-meal mush.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for Teflon


trademark polytetrafluoroethylene, when used in nonstick cooking vessels
(facetious) denoting the ability to evade blame: the Teflon president
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Contemporary definitions for Teflon

untouched by scandal despite evidence of being involved


Reagan was called the 'Teflon president' by Jimmy Carter.

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Word Origin and History for Teflon

commercially important synthetic polymer, 1945, proprietary name registered in U.S. by du Pont, from chemical name (poly)te(tra)fl(uoroethylene) + arbitrary ending -on; popularized as a coating of non-stick pans in 1960s; metaphoric extension, especially in reference to U.S. President Ronald Reagan, is attested from an Aug. 2, 1983, speech on the floor of Congress by Pat Schroeder.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Teflon

tee off on

verb phrase

  1. To verbally assault someone, esp to reprimand: The critic really teed off on my book, alas (1955+)
  2. To hit the ball very hard: He teed off on it and it went right over the wall (1932+ Baseball)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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