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boiler room

noun
1.
a room in a building, ship, etc., that houses one or more steam boilers.
2.
Slang.
  1. a place where illicit brokers engage in high-pressure selling, over the telephone, of securities of a highly speculative nature or of dubious value.
  2. any room or business where salespeople, bill collectors, solicitors for charitable donations, etc., conduct an intensive telephone campaign, especially in a fast-talking or intimidating manner.
Related forms
boiler-room, adjective
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Examples from the web for boiler room
  • The office fills what had been the boiler room of the monks' dormitory, or rectory.
  • He found a boiler room full of athletic-looking graduates pounding the phones.
  • The engineers are battling bravely to keep a flooding boiler room sealed off.
  • The fire rated boiler room door must be kept closed at all times.
  • The two of them were found that night in the boiler room of a deserted tenement, their heads bashed in by bricks.
  • Cutoff switches should be close to the entry but outside of a boiler room.
  • Other issues noted during the site visit were the presence of electrical transformers and floor drains in the boiler room.
  • While walking back through the processing room you look into the door of the boiler room which leads into the processing room.
  • The first floor is composed mainly of office spaces, with a boiler room, walk in freezers and one lab area.
  • Protect yourself from boiler room fraud by learning to recognize fraudulent offers.
British Dictionary definitions for boiler room

boiler room

noun
1.
any room in a building (often in the basement) that contains a boiler for central heating, etc
2.
the part of a steam ship that houses the boilers and furnaces
3.
the room or department in which the real work of an organization goes on unseen
4.
(chiefly US) an office used by a team of telephone salespeople, esp of stocks and shares, operating under high pressure
5.
  1. a fraudulent scheme in which investors are encouraged to buy non-existent, worthless, or over-priced shares
  2. (as modifier): a boiler-room scam
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Slang definitions & phrases for boiler room

boiler room

modifier

: The county is home to hundreds of ''boiler room'' telephone operations/ what law enforcement officials call a ''boiler room'' operation

noun phrase
  1. A site of illegal operations, often the telephone sale of stocks, real estate, etc, by charlatans (1930s+)
  2. A shady and provocative gathering-place; a hotbed: the tendency of their young people to congregate in places that are boiler rooms for drugs and violence (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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