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

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 The judge also met with her daughters privately in a back room. Samantha Melamed,, "Inside the Philly courtroom where you're not allowed to speak," 21 May 2018 The Americans were taken to a back room near the kitchen, Godoy said, where Caro Quintero broke his pistol over the head of one of the Americans. Jason Whitely And Mark Smith, star-telegram, "Did 'El Chapo' kill a Fort Worth student in 1985? This retired Mexican officer says yes | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Apr. 2018 Then, another man emerged from a back room of the residence and pulled out a gun on the man who had just arrived. Mike Isaacs,, "Man shot at, crashes car into fire hydrant after attempted armed robbery: Skokie police," 16 Mar. 2018 The robbers forced one employee to empty 25 phones, worth $16,640.05, out of a cabinet in a back room and another to empty the cash register of $371, according to the memorandum. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Man sentenced in cellphone store robbery linked to shooting of boy, 15," 20 June 2018 These are exceptional Champagnes that are often hard to track down, but a great wine shop will have a few hidden away in the back room. 2. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "A Champagne Lover’s Guide to Hosting a Last-Minute Bastille Day Soirée," 13 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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