brain-trust [breyn-truhst] Examples verb (used with object)

  1. to serve as a brain trust or a brain truster for: They have brain-trusted many major corporations.

brain trust noun

  1. 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 An Americanism dating back to 1905–10 Related Words for brain-trust cabinet, council, authorities Examples from the Web for brain-trust Contemporary Examples of brain-trust

  • I know also that Abbas and his brain-trust has condemned the intifada, the bombs, the violence.

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  • Word Origin and History for brain-trust brain trust n.

    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.).

    brain-trust in Culture brain trust

    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

    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.

    Idioms and Phrases with brain-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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