rocket scientist

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rocket scientist (plural rocket scientists)

  1. (countable, colloquial) astronautical engineer
  2. (countable, hyperbolic) someone qualified to understand or handle that which is overly complex, detailed or confusing; genius
    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see that that idea won't work.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This phrase is usually used in a negative comparison, as in the example above, to show that something is (or should be) simple, straightforward, or obvious.


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