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back room

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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.
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Origin of back room

First recorded in 1585–95
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Examples from the Web for back room

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  • The back-room, which you see is also well lighted, is just the spot for our people to meet.

  • She pulled Gervaise by the skirt and dragged her into the back-room.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • If Mr. Soames would come into the back-room, he could see him through the door.

  • Clara then crept into the back-room, and he followed her with noiseless step.

    The Belton Estate

    Anthony Trollope

  • Susannah shall put a small bed into the back-room for Johnny.


British Dictionary definitions for back room

back room

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