a place, as a hotel room, for conducting secret negotiations, effecting compromises, devising strategy, etc.
What does “pope” literally mean? And how does a pope choose his name?
As you read about the Pope’s visit to Britain, you may begin to wonder about his name. After all, what does “pope” actually mean? And how does a pope get his name after he assumes the papacy? The Pope is the Bishop of Rome, and thereby the world leader of the Catholic Church. The word comes from the Latin papa, which means “father.” He is …
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government, campaigning, legislature, electioneering, zoo, polity, jungle, statecraft, civics, backroom
Origin of smoke-filled room
First recorded in 1915–20
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