back·​room | \ˈbak-ˈrüm, -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

back room


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 pharmacy’s back room police found gas canisters like the type used for camp stoves. Kirsten Grieshaber, The Seattle Times, "Police: So far no indication of IS link to Cologne attack," 16 Oct. 2018 An intimate, cozy back room has comfortable booths big enough for stretching out. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Think South Beach is crazy now? Here's what the club scene was like in 1994 | Miami Herald," 5 May 2018 The back rooms are filled with TVs showing games, and press row is filled with laptops or iPads showing other games while the one in front of you plays out. Samuel Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs' dynamic offense, greatest sports time of the year, success for KU-KSU-Mizzou, and what are the Royals doing? | The Kansas City Star," 13 Mar. 2018 As his quarterback got dressed in a back room, Belichick left the locker room for the evening. Jonathan Jones,, "A Dejected Tom Brady Shows No Signs of Stopping After Super Bowl LII Loss," 5 Feb. 2018 Three days before the revival, Mr. Golden met for breakfast with a leader of a local evangelical church in the dim, empty back room of a downtown cafe, so as not to be seen together. Laurie Goodstein, New York Times, "‘This Is Not of God’: When Anti-Trump Evangelicals Confront Their Brethren," 23 May 2018 Intruders knew location of home’s safe A man was pistol whipped and the masked intruders immediately went to a back room where a safe was located in Middletown on Monday. Rick Mccrabb, ajc, "Police report ‘spike’ in home invasions after photos of cash posted on social media," 27 June 2018 The fighters are herded into a back room to warm up in the shadows of two floodlights. John Mccall,, "Fighting for free: The penniless pursuit of amateur MMA fighters in South Florida," 19 June 2018 Shortly thereafter, Stokes, Morris and several other legislators went into a back room to try to settle the situation while discussion of the tax bills continued. Julia O'donoghue,, "Louisiana House committee votes down governor's sales tax proposal," 24 May 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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