kitchen cabinet

noun
1.
a cupboard built into a kitchen or a chest of drawers for kitchen use, as for dishes and silverware.
2.
a group of unofficial advisers on whom a head of government appears to rely heavily.

Origin:
1825–35, Americanism

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kitchen cabinet
 
n
a group of unofficial advisers to a political leader, esp when considered to be more influential than the official cabinet

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Example sentences
Make room in a kitchen cabinet for clean containers that come with
  tight-fitting lids.
Most other portable units won't fit the average space between countertop and
  kitchen cabinet.
The unit tends to be resented by other officials, who see it as an emerging
  kitchen cabinet.
Rudd went down because of failed policy brought in by a kitchen cabinet who
  discussed and endorsed those decisions.
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