brain trust


Definition of brain trust

: a group of official or unofficial advisers concerned especially with planning and strategy

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Other Words from brain trust

brain truster \ ˈbrān-​ˌtrə-​stər How to pronounce brain truster (audio) \ noun

Examples of brain trust in a Sentence

The president's brain trust recommended the action.

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Ask Orel Hershiser … canceled Some members of the Dodgers’ brain trust were extremely unhappy with my comments on the TV deal in the last newsletter. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: A closer look at Hyun-Jin Ryu’s amazing season," 13 Aug. 2019 Everyone knows the Dolphins’ brain trust is crossing fingers Rosen wins the job. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: New Dolphins, Hurricanes eras start with wondering who has a quarterback | Commentary," 5 Aug. 2019 The Clippers’ brain trust shipped off Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, stockpiled picks and cap space, and patiently waited to strike. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Pistons can't attract a Kawhi Leonard. But they do have a reason for hope," 7 July 2019 That’s up to Rob Pelinka and the Lakers brain trust to decide. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Dwight Howard isn’t the villain that Lakers fans make him out to be," 19 Aug. 2019 What this means for the Twins brain trust of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine is obvious: beefing up a bullpen that melted down in Tuesday in a 14-12 loss to the Yankees has has gotten more difficult. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "John Shipley: End of waiver trades has made it harder, and more expensive, for Twins to find bullpen help," 23 July 2019 The team's brain trust pulled the trigger with the present and future in mind. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros show off Zack Greinke, other acquisitions," 2 Aug. 2019 There is little doubt the Dodger brain trust is aware of this fact. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: It all falls apart for the Dodgers," 17 July 2019 The White Sox’s brain trust approved of Giolito’s plan, and now the brain training seems to be paying dividends for the pitcher and the rebuild. Paul Sullivan,, "How ‘brain training’ helped Lucas Giolito get on track this season: ‘It’s very easy to get into your own head'," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of brain trust

1894, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of brain trust

US : a group of people who give advice to a leader about what should be done

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