back room

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 (băk′ro͞om′, -ro͝om′)
n. or back room
1. A room located at the rear.
2. The meeting place used by an inconspicuous controlling group.
1. Of, relating to, or taking place in a backroom: backroom card games.
2. Marked by the exercise of inconspicuous control and maneuvering: backroom politics.
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back room

a. a place where research or planning is done, esp secret research in wartime
b. (as modifier): back-room boys.
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back′ room′

or back′room′,

1. a room in the rear of a building.
2. a place from where powerful or influential persons exercise control in an indirect manner.
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Noun1.back room - a room located in the rear of an establishment; usually accessible only to privileged groups
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
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References in classic literature ?
The back room was now in silence; but from the drawing-room there came sounds.
When Etienne had fallen asleep Edna bore him into the back room, and Robert went and lifted the mosquito bar that she might lay the child comfortably in his bed.
Can't we have some back room in the attic, that's more in our class?"
The waltz in the back room being finished, the three couples, followed by the fiddler and the pianist and heading for the bar, caught Daylight's eye.
It seems to have been the first thought of both men that Palmer was suffering from fright--that something seen, heard or imagined in the back room had deprived him of his senses.
Then he entered the back room and took up a measure of bran, which he mixed with a great many pins and needles.
The finger of the hall clock was close on twelve; a narrow peep of gas in the hall- lamp shed shadows; and the door of the back room - his father's room - was open and emitted a warm light.
No grand company was come except the Irwines, for whom the carriage had been sent early, and Arthur was at that moment not in a back room, but walking with the rector into the broad stone cloisters of the old abbey, where the long tables were laid for all the cottage tenants and the farm-servants.
'What were you doing in the back room, ma'am?' inquired the little judge.
The shades were up, there was a cheerful blaze in the open stove in the front parlor, and a fire laid on the hearth in the back room. Rebecca's own lamp, her second Christmas present from Mr.
In a back room, a high-shouldered man with a face-ache tied up in dirty flannel, who was dressed in old black clothes that bore the appearance of having been waxed, was stooping over his work of making fair copies of the notes of the other two gentlemen, for Mr.
He found himself in a small back room, stretched upon a sofa before the open French-windows, through which came a pleasant vision of waving green trees and a pleasanter stream of fresh air.