a room located in the rear, especially one used only by certain people.
a place where powerful or influential persons, especially politicians, meet to plan secretly or from which they exercise control in an indirect manner:
The candidate for mayor was chosen in the precincts’ back rooms.
I asked him to take me into the back room and explain the decision to vote for the treaty.
GOP Opposes Broadly Supported Treaty—Again Ryan Prior June 20, 2012
He enters a back room, sits at a round café table and sips from a bottle of mineral water.
The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou John Ed Bradley April 26, 2014
When Jasaroska put up a fight, he offered to move them into a back room.
American Gypsies Are a Persecuted Minority That Is Starting to Fight Back Nina Strochlic December 21, 2013
He hesitated, glanced at a colleague, and led me to a back room where there was a watercooler.
Ciao, Roma! Hello, Newark! James Atlas January 5, 2011
The crowd swarmed Harris as she gracefully disappeared into a back room.
The Nail-Biter Race in California Gina Piccalo November 2, 2010
“We can go into the back room,” I heard him say, and he closed the door.
The Case of Jennie Brice Mary Roberts Rinehart
Anyhow, come around to the back room at Blinkey’s to-night, and we’ll have a talk.
Within the Law Marvin Dana
They slinked down the alley and seeing a light in the back room of a store, Fenn stopped and went up to peer in.
In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
The back room was converted then into both kitchen and dining room.
The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
In a back room others were playing checkers and disputing noisily.
The Window at the White Cat Mary Roberts Rinehart
a place where research or planning is done, esp secret research in wartime
(as modifier): back-room boys
- Back row
noun (functioning as singular or pl) (rugby Union) the forwards at the rear of a scrum (as modifier): an Australian back-row forward Contemporary Examples Juror No. 4, in the back row, closed his eyes while listening. Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Six: Dottie Defends Her Man Diane Dimond June 18, 2012 Juror number eleven, a mechanic […]
therapeutic manipulation of the muscles of the back; massage of the back. a liniment or anodyne ointment for relieving muscular soreness: a tube of greaseless backrub. noun the action or process of massaging the back for relief of pain or relaxing muscle stress Examples He wanted a backrub after mowing the lawn. Usage Note backrub […]
- Back run
a period during which a particular process, as the flow of materials in manufacturing, is reversed. Australian. a tract of dry land in the public domain used as an auxiliary pasture by owners of adjacent private property. Historical Examples My head aches as if it would split, and all down my back run sharp pains. […]
- Back rush
the return of water seaward, down the foreshore of a beach, following the uprush of a wave. Historical Examples The heavy chain clinked taut with the pull of the outgoing tide, then relaxed in the back rush of water. A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith The back rush took him from his feet, but […]