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.
Recent Examples on the Web For now, the new Bulls brain trust only can bide its time until the NBA decides on a starting date for next season. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: As the the Lakers close in on the NBA title, the Bulls brain trust plots a return to relevance," 7 Oct. 2020 The need for sweeping changes to the roster may seem like the best way to reverse Indiana's four-season playoff slump, but the Fever's brain trust is preaching patience. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Fever front office sticking to the process after difficult first season in charge," 2 Oct. 2020 The Pelicans' brain trust is searching for the team's next head coach. Christian Clark | Staff Writer,, "Adam Silver: January 'more likely' for start of next NBA season; allowing fans in arenas is goal," 1 Oct. 2020 The modern Twins brain trust is not easy to second-guess. Star Tribune, "Aesthetic Luis Arraez shows he has the spark to lead off for Twins' Bomba Squad," 29 July 2020 While visiting New Haven a few years ago, Merchant saw a book that chronicled the history of that city’s cultural brain trust. David Lyman, The Enquirer, "New book tells stories of women who shaped Cincinnati’s cultural legacy," 14 Aug. 2020 Instead, the Twins’ brain trust made a flurry of moves that helped the team run away with the division. Star Tribune, "Twins bullpen transformed from a liability to one of team's biggest strengths," 3 Aug. 2020 And yet, the brain trust of the fair is by no means sitting back and doing nothing, hoping that the headlines somehow magically change. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Dallas Art Fair debuts new online platform for buying art from Texas galleries," 9 July 2020 In 1937, China’s population stood at 500 million but only 43,000 were university students, a brain trust the Chinese government was desperate to protect. Janie Chang, Time, "The Risky Journey That Saved One of China’s Greatest Literary Treasures," 15 June 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

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“Brain trust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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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