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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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Later we hear from the prompter, who in turn presumes to be the linchpin of the operatic event, and the Countess's servants, who supply the backstairs (or backstage) view: who is carrying on with whom behind the scenes.
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.
They were slapped down by a backstairs cabal of cardinals and treated for the rest of their lives like pariahs.
We're all of us backstairs gossips and readers of other people's mail; "intrusive" "scoundrels," "transgressive" "burglars" and "poisonous" birds of prey; "virulent new strains of the bacillus of bad faith.
it can be assumed in the light of the editors' exhaustive research that virtually all of the identifiable ties have now been tracked down; and as a result it should be possible to say much more than has been possible in the past about the operation of backstairs influence in Parliament.
Senior Government sources told the Daily Record the SNP group had been poised to abstain after a backstairs deal with the Treasury.
Among the 50 "truly unforgettable experiences" include Luxembourg City in Luxembourg, Gibraltar via a backstairs route from the Iberian Peninsula, the Turkish island of Bozcaada, Cromane Peninsula in Ireland and the music scene in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Based on the fictitious secret diaries of William Tallon, steward and page of the backstairs to the Queen Mother - Backstairs Billy as he became popularly known - he saw and did it all in over 40 years of service.
Creeping about backstairs at the heels of men like Faulds hardly compared.
up the backstairs for us to come down here for just a minute please come
And what knowledge: "I think Diana would have loved Kate to death," he said, managing to showcase the two words that made him known outside of Backstairs Billy circles: Diana and death.
The main staircase rises from the entrance hall, while as is traditional of many farmhouses there is a second character backstairs rising from the lobby - a large room which acts as a second hallway and via the stairs provides access to the master suite and the fifth bedroom which is also en-suite.