Teflon (nickname)

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Teflon is a nickname given to persons, particularly in politics, to whom criticism does not seem to stick. The term comes from Teflon, the brand name by DuPont of a "non-stick" chemical used on cookware.



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  3. ^ Barbour, Haley (1992-10-03). "Clinton: The Teflon Candidate". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
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  5. ^ "'Teflon Don' jailed for life.". BBC. 1992-06-23. Retrieved 2007-09-25. Judge Leo Glasser's sentencing brought to a close the long quest to convict the man nicknamed the "Teflon Don". 
  6. ^ Riddell, Peter (November 10, 2005). "The collapse of Teflon Tony.". London: The Times. Retrieved 2007-09-25. Yesterday's defeat in the Commons is a serious blow for Labour's credibility as a governing party. 
  7. ^ Derrick, O'Keefe (2007-05-04). "Bush, Kerry (and Ralph Klein) on Latin America: The bi-partisan offensive against Cuba, Venezuela.". Seven Oaks. Retrieved 2007-09-25. The plagiarism may or may not hurt Klein’s popularity, given the Teflon Conservative’s long record of debauchery, including a drunken night of poor-bashing at an Edmonton homeless shelter. 
  8. ^ "Canada's prime minister: The Teflon wears off". The Economist. June 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ Patterson, Henry (2006-10-01). "Teflon Taoiseach's brilliant career loses its well-polished shine.". London: New York Times. Retrieved 2007-09-25. So why has the so-called Teflon Taoiseach, who was relatively untouched by the disgrace of his former close political allies, Charles Haughey and Ray Burke, been left looking so vulnerable? 
  10. ^ "Putin's Teflon Image Takes Hit". The Moscow Times. December 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  11. ^ Dunn, Gabrielle. Teflon Tim Urban: Most Polarizing 'Idol' Finalist Since Sanjaya?. AOL Television. April 13, 2010.
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  13. ^ Lauren Provost (12 April 2012). "FOG vivement critiqué sur Internet après "Des Paroles et Des Actes"". Le Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
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