smoke-filled room


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smoke-filled room

A secluded, private place away from the eyes and knowledge of the public. Usually refers to deals and policies made in business and politics, and often implies a degree of questionable ethics or scruples. What we're discovering now is that the heads of the studios decided in a smoke-filled room nearly 60 years ago to implement policies that would ensure no competitors would intrude on their lucrative market. People are becoming increasingly frustrated that our entire lives are dictated by a powerful few in smoke-filled rooms in Washington.
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smoke-filled room

a room where a small group of people make important decisions. (Usually used in reference to political parties.) The smoke-filled rooms are still producing the candidates for most offices, despite all the political reforms. The deal was cut in a smoke-filled room.
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a smoke-filled room

COMMON If someone says that a political or business decision is made in a smoke-filled room, they mean that it is made by a small group of people in a private meeting, rather than in a more democratic or open way. We're not going to see a return to the smoke-filled room, in which a few ministers and company bosses made all the decisions. Note: This was first used to refer to the suite in the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago where Warren Harding was chosen as the Republican presidential candidate in 1920.
See also: room

smoke-filled room

n. a room where a small group of people make important decisions. (Usually used in reference to political parties.) The smoke-filled rooms are still producing the candidates for most offices, even as we approach the year 2000.
See also: room
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If, however, I choose to be in a smoke-filled room, I should have been able to do that, too.
They were then given the chance to wear breathing apparatus and become fire fighters, crawling through a smoke-filled room.
They rushed to help and managed to find the woman in the smoke-filled room and led her to safety.
AN INVESTIGATION was under way last night after a North Wales pensioner was found dead in a smoke-filled room.
The Emergency Preparedness Institute can provide information how to prepare a safe evacuation plan for a smoke-filled room or house.
HERO J Nicky bravely enters smoke-filled room DOCTOR EVIL J Yusef stands over Masood PLOTJ Phil tells Denise he is going inside TERROR J Zainab has to be held back BLASTZ Not much hope for those in B&B FIRE BUG J Heartbroken Becky lights old photo
The recent fire scenes were so unrealistic, including a lady holding a baby in a smoke-filled room, hardly coughing.
They arrived to find the woman and her grandchild outside and being tended by paramedics but their pet Yorkshire Terrier was dead in a smoke-filled room upstairs.
So Cllr Dixon can start with asking her own leadership just who was in the smoke-filled room when this decision was foisted on the people of Coventry?
Now if you're willing to take the risk and look at the three manifestos of the other three parties and say, a bit of that might go if they form a coalition there, or there again that might be vetoed by one of the other parties, it will all be done in a smoke-filled room or a not so smoke-filled these days, after the election.
Among the demonstrations planned are a chip pan fire display, safe escape from a smoke-filled room, firemen cutting passengers out of a car, and a drug detection display using highly trained drug dogs belonging to Colin Singer of Deeside-based Wagtails Dog Services.
At least it will be ultimately decided on the pitch and not in some smoke-filled room.
Boston Fire Prevention officers will walk students through the Safe House, demonstrating the way to escape a smoke-filled room, to use proper kitchen safety and to avoid potential fire safety hazards.
The pair had hoped to wake up to dry clothes but instead found themselves dialling 999 in a smoke-filled room.
Sally rushes after her to warn her it isn't a drill but, before they can get out, the door slams shut leaving them trapped in the smoke-filled room.