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brain drain

noun [S] uk   us  
the situation in which large numbers of educated and very skilled people leave their own country to live and work in another one where pay and conditions are better: Britain has suffered a huge brain drain in recent years.
Translations of “brain drain”
in Chinese (Traditional) (國家的)人才流失,人才外流…
in Chinese (Simplified) (国家的)人才流失,人才外流…
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