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think tank

An organization or group of people working to perform research and propose solutions and courses of action to another organization or group, often political parties, government bodies, or the military. President Ronald Reagan based many of his policies on the results of a study done by the Heritage Foundation, an influential conservative think tank.
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think tank

A group or organization dedicated to problem-solving and research, especially in such areas as technology, social or political strategy, and the military. For example, The congressional leaders rely too heavily on that conservative think tank. This term originated about 1900 as a facetious colloquialism for brain and was given its new meaning about 1950.
See also: tank, think

think-tank

n. a place where great minds are assembled to try to think up solutions to problems or to envision the future. She spent a few months in a California think-tank, then came back to teach.
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This trend will become more pronounced in the new institute, as we invite leading researchers and think tankers from around the world to join our staff.
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Ben Rhodes was forced to explain himself in a blog post Monday after he suggested in an interview with The New York Times Magazine that the White House successfully spun journalists and think tankers to accept key arguments in favor of the deal with Tehran.
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think tanks--and, in fact, rank-and-file think tankers are more likely to be from academic backgrounds.
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