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A room that all but the owner are forbidden entry into. The term takes its name from the French fable of "Blue Beard," who stores the bodies of his murdered former wives in a locked chamber in his castle. My wife has something of a blue chamber in the house; it's always locked, and she'll never tell me what's inside.
chamber of commerce
A humorous name for the bathroom. I'll be right back, I just have to stop in the chamber of commerce before the movie starts.
chamber of commerce day
A day on which the weather is especially pleasant and favorable. "Chamber of Commerce" is sometimes capitalized. Because it's such a gorgeous chamber of commerce day, why don't we have a picnic at the park? We're waiting for a Chamber of Commerce day so we can take the boat out again. All this rain has been a real drag.
chamber of horrors
A room or similar space in which gruesome, horrifying, or macabre objects are exhibited. What police discovered was a chamber of horrors in which the serial killer had kept his victims. The museum even has a chamber of horrors where all sorts of old torture devices are on display.
A court or tribunal held in secret that engages in arbitrary procedures, especially resulting in particularly harsh punishments. The term originated in the 15th century with Henry VII's court of Star Chamber, which sat in closed sessions without a jury and was named for the stars painted on the ceiling of the original courtroom. It is an open secret that the despotic nation dispatches its political opponents by trying them in star chambers away from the public eye.
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chamber of commerce
n. toilet; restroom. Q: Where’s Bob? A: Oh, Bob’s in the chamber of commerce.
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An unfair, secret judicial proceeding. This term comes from a criminal court developed in England in the 1400s in which the King’s Council acted as judges in certain procedures. They met in the Star Chamber of the royal palace at Westminster, believed to have been named for the gilded stars decorating its ceiling, and were notorious for their harsh decisions and punishments. This court was abolished in 1621, but its name later was transferred to similar proceedings. In the late l990s, when Kenneth Starr was serving as independent counsel in the investigation of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, some pundits played on the term, alluding to “Mr. Starr’s chamber.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer