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smoke-filled room

[smohk-fild, -fild] /ˈsmoʊkˌfɪld, -ˈfɪld/
a place, as a hotel room, for conducting secret negotiations, effecting compromises, devising strategy, etc.
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First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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A popular expression used to describe a place where the political wheeling and dealing of machine bosses (see machine politics) is conducted. The image originated during the Republican presidential nominating convention of 1920, in which Warren G. Harding emerged as a dark horse candidate.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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smoke-filled room


A place where intense discussion or negotiation takes place: the smoke-filled rooms of the Democratic Party

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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