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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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.
That said, it covers a broad spectrum of women in the music biz, from artists to radio DJs, backroom girls and beyond
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.