smoke-filled room


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smoke-filled room

A secluded, private place hidden from the 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.
See also: room

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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For many years, wealthy, powerful white men would meet in smoke-filled rooms to decide who would be their nominee for President.
In Derek's day, for example, firefighters had cork helmets and were always dressed in black, which, as he said, was a bit of nonsense when you think about it, when it was important to identify the whereabouts of colleagues operating in dark, smoke-filled rooms.
Three children died in an ambulance on the way to hospital yesterday after being rescued from a blazing smoke-filled room in a house in Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent.
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ANIMAL lover Alexandra Gilmour dragged an unconscious dog from a smoke-filled room - and saved the hound with the kiss of life.
Unlike many of his comrades who disdained hand-to-hand politicking and the nitty-gritty of the smoke-filled room, Ickes reveled in it.
If I were a more cynical man, I'd start to think there was an agenda, that someone in some smoke-filled room somewhere is intent that we can't think of Europe without thinking of swarms of refugees stampeding our borders.
As it says in our story today, you wouldn't sit a baby in a smoke-filled room.
DOCTOR EVIL Yusef stands over Masood PLOT Phil tells Denise he is going inside TERROR Zainab has to be held back BLAST Not much hope for those in B&B FIRE BUG Heartbroken Becky lights old photo HERO Nicky bravely enters smoke-filled room
BLAST Not much hope for those in B&B DOCTOR EVIL Yusef stands over Masood PLOT Phil tells Denise he is going inside HERO Nicky bravely enters smoke-filled room CORRIE FIRE BUG Heartbroken Becky lights old photo
Yashin Saeed thought that her son, Muctas, had stopped breathing before firefighters rescued him from the smoke-filled room in Gillott Road, Edgbaston.
"My committee is determined to do the job properly so that we can put this issue behind us and to do so through a process in which the public can have confidence, not set up in a smoke-filled room with conversations with the party leaders but a process under which anyone who has views can give them to us." Revelations of MPs' "flipping" of main and second home designations to maximise claims and the wide range of items on which claims had been allowed were very worrying, he said.
A MAN was dragged by neighbours from a smoke-filled room where he thought his brother was trapped.
Somehow, despite having had a recent hip replacement, the woman managed to scramble out of the smoke-filled room.