- 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 back room
A Rockefeller Republican-turned-Reaganite, Newt aspired to be a back-room apparatchik rather than a demagogue.'An Evil-Looking Gnome'
June 27, 2011
Though never convicted, he has always carried a certain, well, unsavory reputation as a crooked, back-room operator.The Playboy Running Pakistan
April 30, 2009
The back-room, which you see is also well lighted, is just the spot for our people to meet.A Woman Intervenes
She pulled Gervaise by the skirt and dragged her into the back-room.L'Assommoir
If Mr. Soames would come into the back-room, he could see him through the door.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.
Clara then crept into the back-room, and he followed her with noiseless step.The Belton Estate
Susannah shall put a small bed into the back-room for Johnny.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
- a place where research or planning is done, esp secret research in wartime
- (as modifier)back-room boys
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