In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1escalera de servicio feminine(deal/arrangement/lobbying) (before noun) clandestino
- The book uses the fourth Doha meeting to trace how the so called Quad - the US, EU, Canada and Japan - use backstairs intrigue and ‘green room meetings’ to get their way.
- He said: ‘I sense that there may be the stench of a backstairs stitch-up.’
- The real strength of his play lies in its backstairs portrait of the horrors of English hotel life.
- It is truly incredible that the favoured solution for politicians of all persuasions in the current scandal about undeclared backstairs loans is that we, the taxpayers, should be the solution.
- The camp has felt able to display a high degree of serenity in recent days, affecting a distance from the apparent skullduggery and backstairs dealings, in the sincere belief that things are moving the Chancellor's way.
- This redoubtable lady had to be shown a backstairs exit to a seedy little alley behind the building where the Lib Dems announced the result of their leadership race on Thursday, so that she could have a fag.
- There has been some backstairs grumbling by elected officials who signed on with him during the dot-com-boom phase of his candidacy, but his union support is holding firm.
- He, on the other hand, loves the intrigue, the subtle manipulation, the backstairs chicanery, and there's no one better to convey it.
- Was there a motive at work under this strange reluctance of his which had a sort of backstairs influence, not admitted to himself?
- Think bewildering numbers of parties, unexpected coalitions and backstairs scheming - but in the end it's the monopoly man that wins out.
- He got the white heat of corruption thanks to a Yorkshire architect who was later convicted for his part in a scandal of backstairs planning and bribes.
- Insurers are increasingly refusing to pay cash to claimants because they can cut costs by replacing goods through backstairs deals with store groups.
- No praise is high enough for him… over recent weeks he has been victim of critical backstairs briefing from senior colleagues against his decision to highlight immigration as an election issue and other alleged mistakes.
- The images of abuse of royal power and of backstairs corruption are the main issues that he must counter.
- However, Article 51 seals the churches' special status and lends them yet more opportunity for backstairs dealing, without being subject to the same democratic checks and balances as the rest of civil society.
- Had this questionnaire been produced two years ago, before Museum Services were accused (no doubt unjustly) of backstairs negotiations, the questions would have been highly appropriate.
- The surprise leaks and backstairs briefings are familiar after six years in government, as is the whiff of intrigue and rivalry between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.
- Eager hints would become rhapsodic proclamations; backstairs whispers would be babbled aloud in the corridors of the complex.
- He reveals details of boardroom machinations and backstairs skirmishes which only a fly on the wall could have witnessed.
- The real reason is that she is ashamed of New Labour's backstairs manoeuvres to starve the nursery nurses back to work.
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