Definition of brains trust in English:

brains trust


  • 1British A group of experts who give impromptu answers to questions in front of an audience or on the radio.

    • ‘It's great being able to post tricky requests for information to the listserv or collective brains trust.’
    • ‘On January 4th 1943 the BBC put its Brains Trust into reverse.’
    • ‘The key to the program's uniqueness is the use of a Brains Trust, a panel of three "experts", usually celebrities, who compete alongside the contestants.’
  • 2North American A group of experts appointed to advise a government or politician.

    • ‘He helped run that one as a regular attendee at the morning meetings in the Executive Building of the brains trust that put together the mother of all campaign disasters.’
    • ‘Was it difficult to work this out with the Gore brain trust?’
    • ‘The International Forum on Globalization - the brain trust of the North American side of the movement - lacks transparency in its decision-making and isn't accountable to a broad membership.’
    • ‘I think it's ridiculous to suggest that ‘Commander in Chief’ is the product of some sort of conspiracy cooked up in the upper reaches of the Clinton brain trust.’
    • ‘Gore's campaign, powered by a brain trust of highly paid veteran advisers known for tough political instincts, has settled on a multi-pronged strategy.’
    • ‘Instead, leaving it to the electoral brains trust of Carr, Egan, Roozendaal and Sartor have probably brought about their worst nightmare for the Sydney City - a Clover Moore-Greens majority on the Council.’
    • ‘A Pentagon official said: ‘The one thing that survived the Gulf War and sanctions was Iraq's brains trust.’’
    • ‘Some economists are wondering if a larger transformation is at work - accelerating a trend in which the region's big employers keep a brain trust of creative people and engineers here but hire workers for lower-level tasks elsewhere.’
    • ‘The fight - as close, in many districts, as the presidential race is expected to be - is already getting nasty, and news items like this one, for example, and this one, ought to give pause to the GOP brain trust.’
    • ‘One, however, feels that the combined brain trust that we have at present heading our Government has the best chance of finding workable solutions to take our economy forward.’
    • ‘To head this brains trust Groves had selected America's most outstanding physicist, the 39-year-old Dr Julius Robert Oppenheimer.’
    • ‘Indeed, most Democratic elected officials have been running recently on warmed-up leftovers from the Clinton brain trust, ideas which were once innovative but are now far from fresh.’
    • ‘A president can always recruit experienced advisors and a brain trust, but it is much more difficult to think that someone who is regarded as untrustworthy will reform after election day.’
    • ‘As a result, many chief executives lack the informal brain trust of fellow business school graduates that Americans can usually turn to for advice.’
    • ‘Their collective brain trust will be denied to the FDA who will then have to rely on the next lower level of expertise for guidance.’
    • ‘The UN inspectors had dismantled the facilities and weapons materials, but what remained was the brain trust of scientists and the engineering know-how.’
    • ‘Proof is in a high-powered brain trust, the Global Council of CSOs, led by one-time White House adviser Howard Schmidt.’
    • ‘The details of which I have some knowledge, such as the Saturday meeting between Mondale and his brain trust in which the decision to run was made, are right.’
    • ‘It used to be the seniors who were the brain trust - back in Korea and to some extent in Vietnam, ordinary troops and junior officers were sometimes just completely out of their depth.’
    • ‘If the left brain trust is telling us to fear for our lives, why is the right brain trust telegraphing the president's schedule to the world?’