brain trust


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

Example Sentences

The president's brain trust recommended the action.
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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brain trust was in 1894

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“Brain trust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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