back room

back rooms
also back-room, backroom
1) N-COUNT A backroom is a room that is situated at the back of a building, especially a private room.

...the backroom of the officers' club.

2) N-COUNT You can use backroom to refer to people in an organization who do important work but are not seen or known about by the public. You can also use backroom to refer to a place where such people work.

He is confident the backroom can step into the temporary void...

Public scrutiny had brought civil servants out from the backroom and into the spotlight.

...Mr Smith's backroom staff.

3) ADJ: ADJ n (disapproval) If you refer to a deal made by someone such as a politician as a backroom deal, you disapprove of it because it has been made in a secret, dishonest way.

They have been calling the Presidency decision a backroom deal.


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  • back|room — «BAK ROOM, RUM», noun, adjective. –n. 1. a room in the back of a house, store, etc. 2. Figurative. a place of secret or behind the scenes influence, planning, or machination: »diplomatic backrooms. –adj. done or decided without public knowledge;… …   Useful english dictionary

  • back-room — ˈ ̷ ̷ ˌ ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: back room : made or operating in an inconspicuous way : behind the scenes back room deals back room operations …   Useful english dictionary

  • back room — mod. secret; concealed. □ I am going to watch for back room deals. □ All the candidates were selected in back room meetings …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • back-room — adj. Back room is used with these nouns: ↑deal …   Collocations dictionary

  • back-room — see back room …   English dictionary

  • back room — 1. a room located in the rear, esp. one used only by certain people. 2. a place where powerful or influential persons, esp. politicians, meet to plan secretly or from which they exercise control in an indirect manner: The candidate for mayor was… …   Universalium

  • back room — noun a room located in the rear of an establishment; usually accessible only to privileged groups • Hypernyms: ↑room …   Useful english dictionary

  • back room — noun Date: 1592 1. a room situated in the rear 2. the meeting place of a directing group that exercises its authority in an inconspicuous and indirect way …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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