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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. We're not fools—we know that the backroom boys actually have all the power around here.
See also: backroom, boy

back room boys

verb
See also: back, boy, room
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And in every election, Modi is in the front-line, leading his party's cadre, back-room boys who shape public opinion on social media and a sympathetic media that amplifies his message.
Special praise is due to Bobby Moncur, the undoubted North East footballer of the year, and to the back-room boys, Joe Harvey, and coach Dave Smith.
Nurminen gives back-room boys like the brilliant German mathematician and astronomer Petrus Apianus and the cosmographer Gemma Frisius several pages of well-deserved acclaim for pioneering work that opened the way for the Flemish cobbler's son Gerard Mercator, who went on to 'invent' the atlas and to devise a world projection that is still in use today.
Unfortunately, as a result of that utter lack of sensationalism - concentrating on the back-room boys in the white coats and the stoic, laconic plod who never gave up - the whole thing felt like a cross between an Open University broadcast and a Crimewatch reconstruction directed by Ken Loach.
IT'S unlikely that the Vatican back-room boys planning Benedict XVI's visit to Britain consult the stars for omens and lucky dates.
Montgomerie also revealed a surprise fourth vice-captain, Sergio Garcia accepting an invitation to join Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn among the back-room boys.
As long as designers are content to be 'back-room boys', then they will not get noticed nor recognised.
IT'LL be interesting to see which way the viewing vote gets split as the tangled personal lives of the back-room boys and girls at Westminster go up against New Street Law.
Safety and functionalism have been assumed as architecture's invisible supports, provided by relatively anonymous back-room boys, psychologically separated from the engineering giants of the industrial age.
The back-room boys have come up with an incredibly light braid rod which delivers exceptional action.
Her back-room boys and girls should get medals ( well done!
'Top spot is a huge pat on the back for the coaching staff, players and back-room boys from where we first started to where we are now,' said Forster.
It was entirely suitable that England rugby's back-room boys were also recognised by the Queen and Government this week.
Woodward pledged his support for the back-room boys who work behind the scenes.
BALLINGARRY, one of the back-room boys in the all-star Ballydoyle team, enjoyed his own share of the limelight when landing the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine on Sunday.