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back·room

 (băk′ro͞om′, -ro͝om′)
n. or back room
1. A room located at the rear.
2. The meeting place used by an inconspicuous controlling group.
adj.
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.

back room

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

back′ room′

or back′room′,


n.
1. a room in the rear of a building.
2. a place from where powerful or influential persons exercise control in an indirect manner.
[1585–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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The windows of the back rooms overlooked an enormous court, which formed the center of the square made by the buildings which faced the four contiguous streets, and which was now given over to the quartering of the various animals belonging to the warriors occupying the adjoining buildings.
Then they had to go into the back rooms occupied by Billina's nine Dorothys and two Daniels, who were all plump yellow chickens and greeted the visitors very politely.
Evidently in the back rooms, from which they had dashed out so impetuously, the conversation had been more amusing than the drawing-room talk of society scandals, the weather, and Countess Apraksina.
It made Hetty quite sad to look at it: Arthur must be somewhere in the back rooms, with the grand company, where he could not possibly know that she was come, and she should not see him for a long, long while--not till after dinner, when they said he was to come up and make a speech.
Then he skipped out, and saw Sid just starting up the outside stairway that led to the back rooms on the second floor.
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.
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.
I walked in, gentlemen, just to say good-mornin', and went, in a permiscuous manner, upstairs, and into the back room.