1. characterized by imperviousness to blame or criticism: a Teflon politician.
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Historical Examples of teflon

  • We don't know the formula yet, but it is as much more stable than our teflon as teflon is than corn-meal mush.

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    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for teflon


  1. trademark polytetrafluoroethylene, when used in nonstick cooking vessels
  1. facetious denoting the ability to evade blamethe Teflon president
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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.

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