GOAT

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Initialism.

Noun[edit]

GOAT (plural GOATs)

  1. (UK, politics, informal) A member of the "government of all the talents" proposed by British prime minister Gordon Brown.
    • 2009, Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Public Administration Select Committee, Good government: eighth report of session 2008-09, volume 2
      The best talents; of course he was a GOAT.
    • 2010, Philip Johnston, Bad Laws
      Lord Jones of Birmingham, aka Digby Jones, the former director general of the CBI, said that in his year in the government as a so-called GOAT (a member of the Government Of All The Talents) he found the civil service to be 'honest, stuffed full of decent people who work hard'.
    • 2011, Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Public Administration Select Committee, ‎Bernard Jenkin, Smaller Government: Report, Together with Formal Minutes
      One of the problems with the GOATs was that the parliamentary and political role was undersold to them.
  2. (US, informal) Greatest of all time.