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    boys in the backrooms

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Now who is responsible for this work of development on which so much depends? To whom must the praise be given? To the boys in the backrooms. They do not sit in the limelight. But they are the men who do the work.

    backroom boys= people who provide vital scientific and technical support for those in the field who become public figures

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: boys in the backrooms

    Not a teacher only a native.

    Yes you have the interpretation correct. 'Boys in the backroom' mean the people behind the scenes, doesn't have to be scientists or researches, just people that contribute but are not necessary visible or have a recognised impact.

    The example I just thought of off the top of my head would be the house elfs from Harry Potter

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    Re: boys in the backrooms

    - note the singular. There's a famous Marlene Dietrich song: 'See what the boys in the backroom will have, And tell them I'm having the same'.

    b

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