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brain drain

or brain-drain

a loss of trained professional personnel to another company, nation, etc., that offers greater opportunity.
Origin of brain drain
First recorded in 1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • brain drain – skilled people desert, en masse, the fragmented economic system and move to more sustainable ones.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Others despairingly regard the brain drain as a natural catastrophe.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for brain drain

brain drain

(informal) the emigration of scientists, technologists, academics, etc, for better pay, equipment, or conditions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for brain drain

brain drain

noun phrase

The loss of useful educated persons, esp professionals, because they can find better conditions elsewhere: Stalled Economy Speeds Puerto Rico's Brain Drain (1960s+ British)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with brain drain

brain drain

The departure of educated or talented persons for better pay or jobs elsewhere, as in The repression of free speech in Germany triggered a brain drain to Britain and America. The term originated about 1960, when many British scientists and intellectuals emigrated to the United States for a better working climate.
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