back room

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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