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back room

or backroom

noun
1.
a room located in the rear, especially one used only by certain people.
2.
a place where powerful or influential persons, especially politicians, meet to plan secretly or from which they exercise control in an indirect manner:
The candidate for mayor was chosen in the precincts' back rooms.
Origin of back room
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95
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  • Anyhow, come around to the back room at Blinkey's to-night, and we'll have a talk.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • What a heaven in comparison with that back room on Second Avenue!

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • The family, all together in the back room, was shaking hands.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The back room was converted then into both kitchen and dining room.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • If he raises any spirits in that back room of his, I'd leave 'em alone, if I was you.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for back room

back room

noun
1.
  1. a place where research or planning is done, esp secret research in wartime
  2. (as modifier): back-room boys
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