backstairs influence

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!
See also: influence
References in classic literature ?
Was there a motive at work under this strange reluctance of Arthur's which had a sort of backstairs influence, not admitted to himself?
He underrates (for instance) the Immigration Reform Group, which exercised so powerful a backstairs influence as Menzies' reign drew to a close.
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.
But the British bishops have had backstairs influence, he claimed.
They also added Irfan and his other family members have illegally encroached on the houses of Mission Hospital and also using police backstairs influences.