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4 definitions by FrankBeaverbrook

 
1.
Any kind of plagiarized writing by persons of power. Term coined after the doctoral thesis of Hungarian President Pal Schmitt. A Piece of ScHmITt can be distinguished from other forms of plagiarism by the author’s reliance on political or other means of control to circumvent standards and avoid being held accountable once their fraud is exposed.
Dude 1: Have recently found out that our head of department plagiarized my father’s writing.
Dude 2: Sure, but it’s a Piece of ScHmITt, so there’s nothing you can do about it.
by FrankBeaverbrook January 14, 2012
 
2.
Refers to the scandal and damage from revelation that a written work by a person of power is a product of plagiarism. After the doctoral feces of Pal Schmitt, former president of Hungary (see also Piece of ScHmITt).

Usually widely publicized and followed by investigation and the resignation of the person implicated. When ScHmITt hits the fan, the damage done is not restricted to the person caught in fraud. The prestige and standing of the institution involved (publisher, university, etc.) is negatively affected, even when investigation and sanctions are carried out. Sometimes spillovers leave a long lasting stain on the reputation of an entire sector, e.g., the scientific community or even a country.

In addition to Mr. Schmitt, famous cases involved Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, former German defense minister; Silvana Koch-Mehrin, German MEP and former vice president of the European Parliament and Rama Yade, former secretary of state for sports in the French government.
You know ScHmITt hits the fan when the allegation of plagiarism is being vehemently denied.
by FrankBeaverbrook February 05, 2012
 
3.
A doctoral thesis resulting from fraud (typically plagiarism or ghostwriting) as opposed to one based on genuine scholarship. Smells foul only after being exposed but then sticks to the author for life. Exposure usually leads to the revoking of the doctoral degree.

A Piece of ScHmITt (see related entry) constitutes a subtype with a high potential to attract media exposure, although it accounts for only a small portion of all doctoral feces produced.
Not long after our professors started using plagiarism detector software retroactively, they realized doctoral feces are piling up in our faculty library.
by FrankBeaverbrook February 03, 2012
 
4.
To push through legislation by reliance on lobbyists acting in the interest of corporations with the aim to fuck the 99%.
CFO: Boy, this climate change debate in Congress is going to end up costing us more in taxes.
CEO: Don’t worry, we have a boehner for it.
by FrankBeaverbrook January 01, 2013