American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A room located at the rear.
- n. The meeting place used by an inconspicuous controlling group.
- adj. Of, relating to, or taking place in a backroom: backroom card games.
- adj. Marked by the exercise of inconspicuous control and maneuvering: backroom politics.
- n. A room near the rear of a premises, especially one only accessible to a privileged few and that can be used as an inconspicuous meeting place
- adj. Of, relating to, or happening in a backroom
- adj. Characterized by secrecy or anonymity
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the meeting place of a group of leaders who make their decisions via private negotiations.
- n. a room located in the rear of an establishment; usually accessible only to privileged groups
- n. the meeting place of a group of leaders who make their decisions via private negotiations
“It is especially appropriate to use the term backroom or back alley, as that is where poor women will be getting their abortions.”
“Assemblyman Jerry Hill, a Democrat whose district includes San Bruno, said he was troubled by what he termed a "backroom deal," in which the utility would not admit wrongdoing.”
“Free Press president Josh Silver expressed dismay over what he called backroom deals being brokered by the FCC and industry lobbyists without the presence of any public interest representatives.”
“Mintz, founding partner of law firm Mintz & Gold LLC in New York, lamented what he described as the backroom deal that was cut between Congress and the SEC to keep the SEC's failures secret.”
“As politicians jockey for positions and broker deals in backroom meetings, many Iraqis now say they wonder why they risked their lives to vote on March 7.”
“Too often the interests of the community are betrayed in backroom deals.”
“He has spent a lifetime standing courageously against a corrupted system that far too ofen has turned Washington into a house of ill repute run by closed fundraisers, secret meetings, and sweetheart deals bought in backroom auctions.”
“If we elected him to Congress, he wouldn't engage in backroom deals or favor-trading, unless those favors were something he could trade for more cigars.”
“BTW, how much did it take in backroom deals to buy this group off for their support?”
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