borrow brains
v. To consult with or temporarily hire a person who has expertise in a particular subject.

Example Citations:
Kim has never claimed to be much of a student or intellectual, preferring his image as a fitness freak; he once said that a leader can borrow brains, but not good health.
—B. J. Lee, “Learning the Lessons Of Kim Young Sam,” Newsweek, February 23, 1998

Mr. Axworthy is not shy about “borrowing brains” from Canadian universities and elsewhere for foreign-policy consultations.
—Jeff Sallot and Paul Knox, “Axworthy’s maxim: ‘All politics are local’,” The Globe and Mail, January 1, 1999

Earliest Citation:
An early morning jogger, Kim often says: “We can borrow brains but not health.” He stresses his leadership skills over his intellectual capacity.
—“GATT trade agreement for January Major says,” Agence France Presse, December 19, 1992

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