brain trust


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

Examples of brain trust in a Sentence

The president's brain trust recommended the action.
Recent Examples on the Web Now, the three of them form the head of the brain trust that will decide which names will be next to stock the Orioles’ farm system. Matt Weyrich, Baltimore Sun, 13 July 2024 Some researchers also attribute Seymour’s rise and the recent political shift to aggressive campaigning by right-leaning interest groups with ties to the United States, where think tanks backed by conservative donors have been a brain trust for GOP administrations since the Reagan era. Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 2 July 2024 Asian embassies in Washington have set up special policy-research units to cover the presidential campaigns and identify and befriend members of Trump’s brain trust. Victor Cha, Foreign Affairs, 26 June 2024 The brain trust for each team will also meet with the media throughout the week. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 27 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for brain trust 

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brain trust was in 1894

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“Brain trust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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