from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A trademark used for a waxy, opaque material, polytetrafluoroethylene, employed as a coating on cooking utensils and in industrial applications to prevent sticking. This trademark often occurs in figurative contexts in print: "It would make of Gorbachev's stewardship a truly Teflon chairmanship, demonstrating that no Soviet actions, regardless of how egregious, will cling to him” ( New Republic).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. Multiple film, resin, coatings, fabric and surface protectors made with PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) or fluoropolymer and surfactants not made with PTFE.
- adj. (of a politician) Having an undamageable reputation (by analogy with nonstick Teflon surfaces).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a material used to coat cooking utensils and in industrial applications where sticking is to be avoided
He was acquitted of murder and racketeering twice, earning him the nickname Teflon Don, but was finally convicted in 1992.
John Travolta has been cast to play John Gotti Sr., the mob family's patriarch who had a flair for style and a knack for avoiding convictions that earned him the name "Teflon Don."
Mr Key has earned the nickname "Teflon John" for the way that nothing politically damaging seems to stick to him.
Key has earned the nickname "Teflon John" for the way that nothing politically damaging seems to stick to him.
Teflon is from DuPont, so far as I can tell it has nothing to do with NASA either.
Teflon is very durable but will burn off if you get the temperatures too high (take a look at your Teflon coated cookware), though that is not likely to happen on a regular use hunting rifle.
Equating Palin at such an early stage of her career to political giants like Reagan and Clinton - whose careers defined the term "Teflon" - is high praise indeed, and based on Palin's strong approval ratings it's obviously warranted.
Leaves cause major problems because they harden into a "Teflon" - style substance - similar to black ice on the roads - after the first train has run over them.
Senator Obama’s Teflon is wearing thinner and thinner every day.
For years, the yen has become known as a "Teflon currency," strengthening despite the negative effects of the country's economic malaise and massive budget deficits, and frustrating Japanese companies and politicians.