war room


Definition of war room 

1 : a room at a military headquarters where maps showing the current status of troops in battle are maintained

2 : a room (as at a business headquarters) used for conferences and planning that is often specially equipped (as with computers, or charts)

Examples of war room in a Sentence

the war room of the candidate's campaign headquarters

Recent Examples on the Web

And at the last moment, the Philadelphia 76ers phoned Phoenix’s war room once more. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "From War Rooms to the Green Room: Behind the Scenes of Thursday's No. 16 Pick Chaos," 23 June 2018 Over the last few months of the campaign, Parscale’s team invested heavily in Facebook advertising, even hosting a Facebook employee at their Texas war room who helped guide their work. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Everything you need to know about the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook debacle," 19 Mar. 2018 An official involved in the planning for the visit said there was even discussion of having the president visit the underground London bunker used by Mr. Churchill as a war room during World War II. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "British Roll Out Trump’s Political Idol: Winston Churchill," 12 July 2018 Ten men gathered in the war room to run through NFL draft scenarios, what-ifs and trade possibilities. Rick Maese, chicagotribune.com, "NFL draft analysis is a cottage industry — and everyone wants to join the neighborhood," 11 Apr. 2018 Data-cruncher ArcSight dominated security operations centers—the digital war rooms of corporations—through the aughts. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Upstart Data Wrangler Raises $25 Million to Take on IBM, HPE, and Splunk," 28 June 2018 An East Coast farm kid fresh out of rock school, Langelaan’s on a three-man exploration crew, the kind feeding the screens back in the war room. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018 The Phillies decision-makers returned to their Citizens Bank Park war room Tuesday for day 2 of the MLB draft. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies add slew of pitchers, infielders to farm system on day two of MLB draft," 5 June 2018 As the White House girds for a tough confirmation battle, officials are setting up a war room to help select and push through a nominee, tapping officials from across the government. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Trump Meets With Four Potential Supreme Court Nominees," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of war room

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of war room

: a room where battles are planned that is equipped with maps, computers, etc.

: a room where people meet and exchange plans, ideas, information, etc., in an active way

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