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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 boys in the back room

 and the backroom boys
Fig. any private group of men who make decisions, usually political decisions. (See also .) The boys in the back room picked the last presidential candidate. The backroom boys have decided too many things in the past. Their day is over.
See also: back, boy, room
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The former England star was bringing in his old sidekick Tommy Craig, the coach who got him fasttracked for a coaching badge in Scotland, and ex-team-mate Stuart Gray - currently on Burnley's backroom staff.
Steve is a great addition to our backroom team and I'm delighted we've been able to bring him into the club," the Scot told the club's website.
gave to me, seven drive-by shootings, six digital billboards, five backroom deals
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LEE CLARK landed a third League I manager of the month award this season - and again paid tribute to his players and backroom staff.
Newcastle boss Allardyce is in the process of re-shuffling his backroom teamand Barron is expected to be the latest addition.
If there's a flaw in Villaraigosa's approach to reforming the LAUSD, it's that it's been too top-down -- backroom deals cut in Sacramento between union brass and other big players.
The Intermec system, now in 255 stores, allows staff to carry out pricing, merchandising and stock checking routines via handheld terminals on the shopfloor, instead of having to go back and forth to the backroom to update systems.
accounting scandal this past July, a number of backroom discussions in Frankfurt centered on the reliability of U.
Not while those infuriating Furies, masquerading as "the Backroom Betties.
Ranieri explained his decision to part company with predecessor Gianluca Vialli's backroom staff by revealing that there were "more coaches than players" at the club.