rocket science

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rocket science (uncountable)

  1. (literal) The science or study of rockets and their design.
    Coordinate terms: astrodynamics, astronautics
  2. (idiomatic, hyperbolic, chiefly in the negative) Anything overly complex, detailed or confusing.
    Synonym: brain surgery
    It's not rocket science. Just screw in the bulb and flip the switch.
    It's not rocket science. You just need to screw this to that!
    • 2007 January 19, Thomas L. Friedman, “A Warning From the Garden”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      This isn’t rocket science. Government standards matter. They drive innovation and efficiency.


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