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smoke-filled room

[smohk-fild, -fild] /ˈsmoʊkˌfɪld, -ˈfɪld/
noun
1.
a place, as a hotel room, for conducting secret negotiations, effecting compromises, devising strategy, etc.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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Examples from the web for smoke-filled room
  • Instead, they get to send delegates into a smoke-filled room from which a coalition government will at some point emerge.
  • The cameras enable firefighters to see heat instead of light in a smoke-filled room.
  • She and her sister ran from the smoke-filled room to find their sleeping parents.
  • He had to grope among a maze of electrical wires covered with fire extinguisher foam in a smoke-filled room.
smoke-filled room in Culture

smoke-filled room definition


A popular expression used to describe a place where the political wheeling and dealing of machine bosses (see machine politics) is conducted. The image originated during the Republican presidential nominating convention of 1920, in which Warren G. Harding emerged as a dark horse candidate.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for smoke-filled room

smoke-filled room

noun

A place where intense discussion or negotiation takes place: the smoke-filled rooms of the Democratic Party


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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