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  • n  (British slang) a scientist or technician engaged in military research

  • You have the reputation of being something of a boffin.
  • Lanky "boffin" (scientific expert) Gerald Bernard Lockee Bayne of the Ministry of Supply touched the bomb-release button, and "Vicky," the Ministry's bomb-airplane-rocket .
  • As a case history of boffin botchery, Waterton cites the Gloster Javelin, a delta-wing, all-weather fighter on which he did all the initial testing (starting in 1951).
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  • Christine Milne in Melbourne Herald Sun
    Prime Minister Rudd was elected on the promise that he would be a policy boffin,Senator Milne said. "Instead of that, he's fallen at the first hurdle. He has jumped in with Brendan Nelson in a populist, fiddling at the edges, on fuel...
  • Steven Moffat in Reuters UK
    You need to be old and young at the same time, a boffin and an action hero, a cheeky schoolboy and the wise old man of the universe,said Moffat.
  • Prince Charles in
    Wool is a fibre even the most brilliant boffin in the most high-tech laboratory could never create,said The Prince as he explained the natural, sustainable and bio-degradable qualities of a fibre that has evolved in harmony with mankind itself.

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