brain trust


Definition of brain trust

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

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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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Those in Ryan’s brain trust say the speaker avoided bipartisan immigration reform out of political necessity. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Paul Ryan wants you to know he has identified what’s wrong with the Republican Party," 17 Dec. 2018 The Phoenix Suns’ brain trust scrambled in its Arizona headquarters. Jake Fischer,, "From War Rooms to the Green Room: Behind the Scenes of Thursday's No. 16 Pick Chaos," 23 June 2018 Taylor Fritz has added the wise head of Paul Annacone to the brain trust. Jon Wertheim,, "40 Parting Thoughts from the 2018 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells," 18 Mar. 2018 And so, again, the Dolphins brain trust appears equally baffled and frustrated that their quasi-make-over this offseason is being panned so universally in the football world. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Dolphins did all they wanted this offseason — but will it work? | Commentary," 14 June 2018 One thing the entire FC Cincinnati brain trust has made explicitly clear is that the current players are in control of their own MLS destinies. Scott Winfield,, "ICYMI: Cincinnati Reds lock up their future, FC Cincinnati has a list of to-dos before MLS," 6 July 2018 Since attending the show last week, our E3 brain trust (Kyle Orland, Sam Machkovech, Samuel Axon) has been arguing over our favorite hands-on and hands-off demos. Kyle Orland, Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The top ten games from E3 2018," 19 June 2018 This brain trust of academics worked with us for years to develop the idea behind the Investing in Opportunity Act. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Q&A: Sean Parker on Napster, Spotify, and His Federal Tax Law Triumph," 25 May 2018 That previous culture was set by the same brain trust of VP Mike Tannenbaum, coach Adam Gase and general manager Chris Grier, who are setting the new culture. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Do the Dolphins have a plan that can work this time? | Commentary," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of brain trust

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brain trust was in 1894

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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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