backroom boy

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backroom boy

Someone who advises a public figure or maintains a professional role that does not garner public attention. Originally used to describe scientists and technicians who worked without public knowledge or recognition in the United Kingdom during World War II. Primarily heard in UK. Although he is a skilled political strategist, he lacks the charm and charisma necessary to run for office himself and, therefore, is likely to stay a backroom boy for the rest of his career.
See also: backroom, boy

the ˈback-room boys

(British English) scientists, researchers, etc. who do important work but do not have direct contact with the public: It’s thanks to the back-room boys more than to the sales team that the product is such a success.
See also: boy
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Selling is still a tough job, they will go all day selling, you have to stay on the ball all the time, I would hate to do it, I am a backroom girl.
And for one North East backroom girl it was a tearful moment as she picked up one of the top awards on offer.
EMOTIONAL Chelsea stars last night dedicated their Champions League win to a backroom girl who died in a road smash outside Stamford Bridge.
She has been a backroom girl on the telly's top garden makeover show since it was launched in 1997, working her way up from horticultural researcher to assistant producer.
I wrote what I wrote because it's about time people recognised that the assistance Mary has given Dick with the books is not just one of being a backroom girl.
She was Barrymore's backroom girl, the wind beneath his wings.
She might have remained a backroom girl had her talents not been spotted.
ONE of the south of England's longestserving backroom girls, shorthand writer Barbara Wilding, had the tables turned when she found herself the centre of attraction at a lunch given by 13 retired and current local stewards at Plumpton, where she worked for 40 years.
It would be even nicer to see the backroom girls and boys being recognized, too.
Sara Thomason, until recently one of the CBSO backroom girls and now Friends' Administrator at Symphony Hall, is also a member of the orchestra.
And to help him, he has been able to design his own political machine at the voters expense, with knocking on for pounds 1million a year to be spent on policy advisers and backroom girls and boys.
The outfit next comes out of the wardrobe on Monday, when Yarmouth's backroom girls - Gemma, fellow commercial executive Janette Cooper and customer services executive Julie Waters - lead the way in a Ladies' Night celebration, when `ladies in hats and heels' will have pounds 5 knocked off the price of admission.