think tank

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Research institute (usually independently financed) staffed with interdisciplinary group of experts engaged in the study of policy issues in business and government. The term, first applied in 1940's to the Rand corporation (funded largely by the Ford Foundation), is now loosely applied to any group formed to solve a problem or to study a particular topic.

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I submitted my question to the think tank and knew they would be able to help me with my query about history.
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The university professor was honored upon receiving an invitation to join the exclusive Washington, DC think tank, but he felt seriously outclassed by the intellectual heavyweights who were also taking part.
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Sometimes a business will hold a meeting like a think tank where all they will do is try and come up with new ideas.
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