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think tank

n.
A group or institution organized for intensive research and solving of problems, especially in the areas of technology, social or political strategy, or armament.

think tanker n.

think′ tank`


n.
a research organization employed to analyze problems and plan future developments.
[1955–60, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.think tank - a company that does research for hire and issues reports on the implications
company - an institution created to conduct business; "he only invests in large well-established companies"; "he started the company in his garage"
Translations
cercle de réflexiongroupe de réflexionlaboratoire d’idées

think tank

ngruppo di esperti
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Jim Nickels, liberal columnist Max Brantley, conservative think-tanker Dan Greenberg and UALR Law School Professor Robert Steinbuch testified before the House and Senate committees on state agencies and governmental affairs about ways to make government more transparent.
In 2006, a think-tanker named Denis McDonough coauthored a report for the Center for American Progress subtitled "Congressional Oversight of Intelligence is Broken".
Fareed Zakaria became a think-tanker, a journalist, an economist and worse than that, he was a war advocate.
I do not take the supplement for a short-term political diatribe from a very plainly right-wing think-tanker based in Cardiff Bay (Mark Hinge, Rural Eye, October 23).
One story, concerning his wife and a gas mask, had Think-Tanker Ernie Walker in such hysterics we thought he'd just read a copy of his own latest proposals.
Instead of arguing for universal health care, high-quality, government-subsidized day care, more spending on affordable housing, and other crying needs, one liberal think-tanker suggested that, since public spending primarily benefits lower and middle class people, Democrats should consider aiming tax cuts at those same groups.
Terry Eastland, a conservative journalist and think-tanker, provides a little more history, some of it enlightening, some cockeyed.
It has been a while since the foreigners I meet (politicians, investors, journalists, academics, think-tankers, etc.
One of the Republican pyramid's think-tankers is Harvard professor Kenneth Rogoff, who supports the idea that cutting government and reducing debt is good for an ailing economy.
It is backward-looking policymakers and think-tankers who are holding progress in cybersecurity hostage to a 19th-century regulatory model that can't address this 21st-century problem.
At this point, however, we find it deeply disturbing how the various pundits, think-tankers and officials are discussing the potential scenarios.
It was another wonderful moment for the think-tankers, with headlines aplenty for Reform - the golden rule of a think tank report being the more outlandish it is the more attention it will get.