back·​room | \ ˈbak-ˈrüm How to pronounce backroom (audio) , -ˈru̇m\
variants: or back-room

Definition of backroom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: made or operating in an inconspicuous way : behind-the-scenes backroom deals a backroom politician

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Definition of back room (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Pascal Planque, Mike Stowell and new first team coach Adam Sadler complete the new-look Foxes backroom staff for the upcoming season., "Leicester City Announce Departure of Assistant Manager in Backroom 'Restructure'," 1 July 2018 After five months of backroom horse-trading and all-night arm twisting, Angela Merkel faces one last obstacle to achieving a stable government in her fourth term as German chancellor. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "The 28-year-old in Adidas who could sink a deal to keep Merkel in office," 28 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the back room, three treatments of our fractured and volatile political conversation combine into something between an epiphany and a punch in the gut. New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 20 June 2018 Last time El Rio hosted this work in progress, the bar’s back room was packed. San Francisco Chronicle, "SFChronicle critics’ picks: What to do the week of April 1," 28 Mar. 2018 McCain stepped into a back room, taking a phone call from President Trump. Dylan Scott, Vox, "I’ll never forget watching John McCain vote down Obamacare repeal," 26 Aug. 2018 The gunman locked himself in a back room, Watters said. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Gunman surrenders after barricading himself inside Lincoln Park restaurant," 22 Feb. 2018 But there’s no tension in the running backs room, Johnson says. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson gets advice from Barry Sanders," 5 June 2018 Its owner, who asked only to be identified as Ismail, said IS had used its back rooms as a prison. Washington Post, "Syrians in Raqqa afraid, angry, frustrated as they rebuild," 8 Apr. 2018 Back then, Jimmy Durante held court in the back room of the barbershop, the same room Rydell would sneak through when the neighborhood girls out front started to swarm. Mike Newall,, "South Philly's barber to the stars now cuts hair in a changing neighborhood | Mike Newall," 9 May 2018 Kit makers worry that fresh products may linger in back rooms or hit expiration dates on the shelf, so some use ingredients that can last longer. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "The Messy Business of Selling Meal Kits," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of backroom


1911, in the meaning defined above


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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