from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The internal operations of an organization that are not accessible or visible to the general public: "The . . . bank will . . . modernize its back office and computer systems and improve its marketing and customer service” ( Peter Sinton).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The IT and infrastructure support services for a company, separate from the public face of the business.


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  • The little insect had come into Quark’s back office and launched into his oh-so-sincere sales pitch, about how he wanted to protect his investment in the Orbs, how he wanted to make sure Quark stayed safe before, during, and after the auction, how he planned to take care of Satr and Leen personally—and for only an extra eighteen percent of Quark’s commission on the auction proceeds.


  • I was doing just that in the back office at the Bergen County Republican Organization when I heard this huge commotion coming from up front.

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