boiler room


Definition of boiler room

1 : a room in which a boiler is located
2 : a room equipped with telephones used for making high-pressure usually fraudulent sales pitches

Examples of boiler room in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While floating through the underwater scene in the clue package, Jellyfish walked through a boiler room decorated with red and white fans. Ariana Brockington,, "The Masked Singer’s Jellyfish Is Either An Olympian Or Mega Hollywood Royalty," 4 Nov. 2020 The Democrats plan to have a central boiler room as well as some regional operations. Kelli Smith,, "In contentious election year, political parties recruiting thousands in Illinois to keep an eye on polling places Nov. 3," 23 Oct. 2020 West in Tremonton is believed to have started in a boiler room about 5:30 a.m., according to officials. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Fire at Utah meatpacking plant forces neighbors from homes," 2 Oct. 2020 After graduating in 1919, Calder spent a few years testing out career options, among them becoming a merchant marine and working in a ship’s boiler room. Rachel Corbett, The Atlantic, "Art in Motion," 12 Apr. 2020 Behind the scenes, some campaigns have spun up boiler room operations closely tracking their progress getting supporters out to cast their early picks. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Bloomberg qualifies for next two debates," 18 Feb. 2020 Veterans of past boiler room operations described the volume of calls as highly irregular compared to previous caucuses. NBC News, "Iowa Democrats say Trump supporters called into vote counting hotline, causing them more problems," 6 Feb. 2020 The tests spanned every classroom in the school and the boiler room, which was closest to the groundwater where the chemical was found, 10 to 15 feet below ground. Roland Li,, "Air testing at closed Oakland school shows no cancer-causing chemical," 22 Feb. 2020 Fire drills became commonplace in schools after 1958 – when a student at a Chicago parochial school started a fire in the building’s boiler room. Jaclyn Schildkraut, The Conversation, "Schools should heed calls to do lockdown drills without traumatizing kids instead of abolishing them," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of boiler room

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Boiler room.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of boiler room

: a room with equipment for heating a building or ship : a room in which a boiler is located
US : a room with many telephones that are used by people who call strangers and use dishonest or forceful methods to try to sell them something

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Legal Definition of boiler room

: a room equipped with telephones used for making high-pressure usually fraudulent sales pitches

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