noun[in singular] informal
The emigration of highly trained or intelligent people from a particular country.
- If you are thinking of joining the brain drain and hopping the ditch, then these changes will directly influence the wages and conditions you get over there.
- This has caused many scientists to emigrate, and the brain drain has helped maintain relations with leading scientific institutions.
- No one was surprised when he joined the brain drain to take up a research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota with Dr Earl Wood, a leading heart physiologist.
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