- a fluorocarbon polymer with slippery, nonsticking properties; polytetrafluoroethylene.
- characterized by imperviousness to blame or criticism: a Teflon politician.
Examples from the Web for teflon
We are talking not of a Teflon Rupert, a man against whom nothing sticks.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
Whether he is just as lucky for the rest of his legal battles will be the true test of the strength of his Teflon shield.
Silvio Berlusconi may have lost his job as prime minister, but his Teflon shield apparently still works.
Reagan had his Teflon; Romney has his inviolably immaculate white shirts.Trump Endorsed Romney Because It Was Like Calling to Like
February 3, 2012
A fugitive since 1995 who seemed untouchable, he is also compared to the “Teflon Don” of New York, John Gotti.Bulger's FBI Ties Enrage Cops
October 21, 2011
We don't know the formula yet, but it is as much more stable than our teflon as teflon is than corn-meal mush.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
- trademark polytetrafluoroethylene, when used in nonstick cooking vessels
- facetious denoting the ability to evade blamethe Teflon president
Word Origin and History for teflon
commercially important synthetic polymer, 1945, proprietary name registered in U.S. by du Pont, from chemical name (poly)te(tra)fl(uoroethylene) + arbitrary ending -on; popularized as a coating of non-stick pans in 1960s; metaphoric extension, especially in reference to U.S. President Ronald Reagan, is attested from an Aug. 2, 1983, speech on the floor of Congress by Pat Schroeder.