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backstairs influence

Influence from an ignoble source, typically one that is secret. Where did that idea come from? It's like someone has backstairs influence over you all of sudden!
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He joined the Royal Household in 1951, aged 15, and over the following 51 years worked his way up to become the Queen Mother's Steward and the Page of the Backstairs.
As memoirists, what "backstairs" might they lead us up?
We would disappear into the Byzantine backstairs storage area and retrieve the periodicals, usually returning to the reference desk with irritated eyes and runny noses due to the dust and mold.
"Maybe, just maybe, a person's backstairs, backstage handling of things begins because America has yet to deal with its homosexual guilt.
Songs like "Bad Luck Baby." "Bleak Street" and "Backstairs Down" sound like they could have been penned 50 years ago.
Through backstairs channels, however, a company spokesperson let it be known that Bechtel rules, and its slogan is "No Fear." The company is said to take justifiable pride in the recent success of its Operation Enduring Iraqi Contract, in which the Bechtel Group triumphed over all competing corporations in a bidding war, the outcome of which was never in doubt.
I caught Pizza (Paul Fenech, 2000) a couple of times on SBS TV during the war on terror but then about two months ago I got drunk and kicked my TV down the backstairs and that kind of put a stop to the ingestion of current affairs.
The Royal Family were immediately behind the coffin, followed by members of the Queen Mother's personal staff, including her loyal page William Tallon, known affectionately as "Backstairs Billy".
Defoe's backstairs champion proved to be one of the most formidable politicians of the day, Robert Harley (later Lord Oxford).
Both are backstairs literatures that often have to be semiclandestinely
Kelly said she tries to divorce her subjects from the "mythology they feed us and which they profit from." She rejects the charge that she gives backstairs tittle-tattle the same weight as responsible observation.
"Both are backstairs literatures that often have to be semi-clandestinely distributed, then read with the shades drawn.
For those who like to read backstairs tittle-tattle, for those who want an insight into the governing classes of this country or for those who wish to understand why and how the Church of England has slipped so far, I would recommend this biography.
Interspersed with the backstairs arrangements for the arrival ceremony, receiving line, presidential entrance march, official toasts, and formal dinner are fascinating historical tidbits of White House lore and interviews with Lady Bird Johnson, Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, Gerald and Betty Ford, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, George and Barbara Bush, and Bill Clinton about their reminiscences of life while in residence there.
No doubt those who dwell in an Italian political world of surface turbulence and backstairs interventions may find relief in contemplating the career of a past revolutionary who preferred rectitude to wealth and office, but for those of us positioned further out Mazzini at first glance can have more the look of an excited schemer whose undertakings at times were closer to comedy than high drama.