smoke-filled room
noun Date: 1920 a room (as in a hotel) in which a small group of politicians carry on negotiations

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  • smoke-filled room — smoke filled rooms N COUNT (disapproval) If you talk about a decision being made in a smoke filled room, you mean that it is made by a small group of people in a private meeting, rather than in a more democratic or open way. He liked negotiation… …   English dictionary

  • smoke-filled room — smoke′ filled room′ n. a place, as a hotel room, for conducting secret negotiations, devising strategy, etc • Etymology: 1915–20, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • smoke-filled room — n used to talk about a place where plans or decisions are made secretly by a small group of powerful people rather than in an open way used especially in newspapers …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • smoke-filled room — [ ,smouk fıld rum ] noun count MAINLY JOURNALISM a place where powerful people make important decisions …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • smoke-filled room — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : a hotel room in which a small group of politicians carry on negotiations meet in a smoke filled room to decide on … men and measures D.D.McKean * * * /smohk fild , fild / a place, as a hotel room, for conducting secret… …   Useful english dictionary

  • smoke-filled room — UK [ˌsməʊk fɪld ˈruːm] / US [ˌsmoʊk fɪld ˈrum] noun [countable] Word forms smoke filled room : singular smoke filled room plural smoke filled rooms mainly journalism a place where powerful people make important decisions …   English dictionary

  • Smoke-filled room — In U.S. political slang, a smoke filled room is a secret political gathering or decision making process. The phrase is generally used to suggest a cabal of powerful or well connected individuals meeting privately to nominate a dark horse… …   Wikipedia

  • smoke-filled room — n. a room where a small group of people make important decisions. (Usually used in reference to political parties.) □ The smoke filled rooms are still producing the candidates for most offices, even as we approach the year two thousand. □ The… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • smoke-filled room — /smohk fild , fild / a place, as a hotel room, for conducting secret negotiations, effecting compromises, devising strategy, etc. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • (a) smoke-filled room — a smoke filled ˈroom idiom (disapproving) a decision that people describe as being made in a smoke filled room is made by a small group of people at a private meeting, rather than in an open and ↑democratic way Main entry: ↑smokeidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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