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Skunk Works

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Trademark.
engineering, technical, consulting, and advisory services with respect to designing, building, equipping, and testing commercial and military aircraft and related equipment at Lockheed Martin Corporation.
noun
(usually lowercase)Also skunk works, skunk·works [skuhngk-wurks] /ˈskʌŋkˌwɜrks/ .Slang. an often secret experimental laboratory or facility for producing innovative products, as in the computer or aerospace field.
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Origin of Skunk Works

First recorded in 1943 for def. 1, 1965–70 for def. 2; after Big Barnsmell's Skonk Works, where the illicit liquor Kickapoo Joy Juice was made, in Al Capp's comic strip Li'l Abner
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