- a room located in the rear, especially one used only by certain people.
- 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
First recorded in 1585–95
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Examples from the Web for backroom
It was reminiscent of the old days of backroom politics and half-drunk reporters swaying against their typewriters.The Bizarro World Of Iowa’s GOP Convention
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I thought it would be hidden, out in the woods, or some kind of backroom deal.The True Story Behind Dallas Buyers Club: Meet the Real Ron Woodruff
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I want Missourians to make a choice in this election based on policy, not backroom politics.Abortion Opponents and Many Democrats Want Todd Akin to Stay in Senate Race
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In our political system, presidents are not empowered to promise to launch wars in backroom negotiations with foreign leaders.Obama Needs U.S. Debate Before Making Pledges to Israel About Attacking Iran
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The tightly controlled choreography stirred the emotions while celebrating the unsung heroes of the backroom.Galliano Erased at Christian Dior
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He had also meant to do general repair work in the backroom shop.The Planet Strappers
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You must fancy Henry in the backroom upstairs, and I am generally there also, working or writing.Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters
William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
On arriving at the huckster's, he found him in the backroom, or parlor, to which we have before alluded.The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain
On his way back, he noticed there were two others in the backroom, a couple of men gnawing on pretzels over beers.
Lamb worked his way up into the throng and got a glimpse of the other guy getting stiff on the backroom floor.
- a place where research or planning is done, esp secret research in wartime
- (as modifier)back-room boys
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