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boiler room

a room in a building, ship, etc., that houses one or more steam boilers.
  1. a place where illicit brokers engage in high-pressure selling, over the telephone, of securities of a highly speculative nature or of dubious value.
  2. any room or business where salespeople, bill collectors, solicitors for charitable donations, etc., conduct an intensive telephone campaign, especially in a fast-talking or intimidating manner.
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boiler-room, adjective Unabridged
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boiler room

any room in a building (often in the basement) that contains a boiler for central heating, etc
the part of a steam ship that houses the boilers and furnaces
the room or department in which the real work of an organization goes on unseen
(chiefly US) an office used by a team of telephone salespeople, esp of stocks and shares, operating under high pressure
  1. a fraudulent scheme in which investors are encouraged to buy non-existent, worthless, or over-priced shares
  2. (as modifier): a boiler-room scam
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boiler room


: The county is home to hundreds of ''boiler room'' telephone operations/ what law enforcement officials call a ''boiler room'' operation

noun phrase

  1. A site of illegal operations, often the telephone sale of stocks, real estate, etc, by charlatans (1930s+)
  2. A shady and provocative gathering-place; a hotbed: the tendency of their young people to congregate in places that are boiler rooms for drugs and violence (1980s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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