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"brain drain" in British English

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brain drainnoun [S]

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the ​situation in which ​largenumbers of ​educated and very ​skilledpeopleleavetheir own ​country to ​live and ​work in another one where ​pay and ​conditions are ​better: Britain has ​suffered a ​hugebraindrain in ​recentyears.
(Definition of brain drain from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brain drain" in American English

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brain drainnoun [C usually sing]

 us   /ˈbreɪn ˌdreɪn/
the ​loss of many ​highlyskilled and ​educatedpeople from one ​country to another ​country
(Definition of brain drain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"brain drain" in Business English

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brain drainnoun [S]

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HR, POLITICS a ​situation in which large ​numbers of educated and ​skilledpeopleleave their own country or ​area to ​live and ​work in another one where they can ​earn more ​money or ​conditions are better: There are fears that ​cuts in ​sciencefunding could ​lead to a ​braindrain to the US. Faced with a ​braindrain, the ​aerospaceindustry is ​thinking of ​creative ways to ​attract and ​keeptalent.
(Definition of brain drain from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “brain drain”
in Chinese (Simplified) (国家的)人才流失,人才外流…
in Chinese (Traditional) (國家的)人才流失,人才外流…
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