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English definition of “skunk works”

skunk works

noun [S]     informal
a small department that is allowed to operate outside the normal procedures and systems of a company so that it has the freedom to develop new ideas , products , etc.: The experimental stores come out of our skunk works .
(Definition of skunk works noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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