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    What does "teflon" mean?

    Hi i wanted to know what does teflon mean in this sentence:

    "As he loses control of a shrinking economy, his Teflon is wearing thin"
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    Re: What does "teflon" mean?

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    Teflon means "a plastic that is very smooth and does not react chemically with other substances. It is used in industry and as a surface for cooking pans so that food does not stick to the pan."

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    Re: What does "teflon" mean?

    Teflon is the "non-stick" surface used on frying pans, etc. In referring to politicians, it means that issues and problems, etc. do not "stick" to the politician's public image.

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    Re: What does "teflon" mean?

    So if a politician's 'Teflon's wearing thin', the stuff that opponents are (metaphorically) throwing at him is starting to stick. I think the first 'Teflon president' was Ronald Reagan, but this one presumably refers to Obama. (The 'Teflon' image was getting a bit stale, so the journalist tried to 'sex it up' by introducing the idea of thickness; if that was the intention, it didn't work for me. )

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    Re: What does "teflon" mean?

    Funny Questions Dept.
    If nothing sticks to teflon, why does the pan stick to it?

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