Definition of room in English:
- There is room in the safer areas for these children; householders have volunteered to provide it.
- The man sat down between two people, so she didn't have room to move to see his face.
- Small enough to be cosy, large enough to give her room to move if she wished it.
- But don't rest on your laurels; there will probably still be room for improvement.
- She said of the three offices, one was doing extremely well while the other two had room for improvement.
- There is plenty of room for anarchy in such a world, and plenty of room for utopianism, but no real place for the state.
- One of the delightful surprises is the ceiling of the toddler room on the second floor.
- Finally, the attic conversion has added two further rooms with walls and ceilings panelled in white deal.
- On the first floor the master bedroom and en suite bathroom are both spacious rooms with high ceilings.
- Others join in and the whole room burst into a riot of clapping, yells, and screaming.
- Isis thought of how she would like to be able to quiet a whole room by just her presence.
- We suggest with this game that rather than reporters popping up, there should be a whole room of reporters.
- They get the sign-painter's boy to help, because his family rents rooms in the schoolmaster's house.
- Gwen and her family lived in the upper rooms of a small house and I knew from experience that the smell of too many people in too small a place hit a person the second they opened the front door.
- He lives in rooms set apart from the rest of the house, to allow him some independence from his parents.
verb[no object] North American Back to top
- It was a phrase your father used on me back when we roomed together here at The Institute.
- You might be rooming in the same dorm house you know.
- I was simply tickled when I found out that we would be rooming together.
In Old English room meant ‘the amount of space occupied by something’, and did not mean ‘an interior division of a building’ until the 14th century. The majority of houses then would have had only one room. Sometimes political negotiation is described as having taken place in a smoke-filled room, meaning that it has been conducted privately rather than more openly. The expression comes from a 1920s news report about the selection of the Republican presidential candidate, Warren Harding, who in 1921 became the 29th president of the United States. According to the report he was ‘chosen by a group of men in a smoke-filled room’. Harding was at the time something of a dark horse, and a lack of openness and democracy was associated with his selection. Room at the top is a way of describing the opportunity to join the higher ranks of an organization. The phrase is attributed to the American politician Daniel Webster ( 1782–1852), who was warned against attempting to enter the overcrowded legal profession. He is said to have replied, ‘There is always room at the top.’ The phrase was taken up in the early 20th century and was used as the title of John Braine's first novel, published in 1957, about an ambitious young man in an industrial town in the north of England which was filmed in 1959. An elephant in the room is an obvious, major problem or controversial issue that is being studiously avoided as a subject for discussion. The phrase was originally American, and seems to have been first used in the early 1980s, in the language of therapists treating people addicted to drink or drugs. An alternative is a moose on the table. See also cat
no (or not) room to swing a cat
- humorous Used in reference to a very confined space: there’s not even room to swing a cat![cat in the sense 'cat-o'-nine-tails']More example sentences
- You don't need to have been inside a dog trap yourself to understand that there isn't room to swing a cat in there,
- We have a splendid cabin and there's plenty of room - but in most places there isn't room to swing a cat.
- Used in reference to political decision-making conducted privately by a small group of influential people rather than more openly or democratically: he understands the party machine, the smoke-filled rooms, and the endless resolutionsMore example sentences
- We got into this mess because we needed to create political leadership opportunities and replace the smoke-filled room with the open-source, collaborative politics that is our future.
- After the Civil War, said Bonpane, ‘Hayes agreed in a smoke-filled room to take the Yankee troops out of the South.’
- The voters don't really participate in the primaries, and I think Sandy's got a point: not necessarily a smoke-filled room, but bring back party leadership.
roomful noun (plural roomfuls)
- Example sentences
- Think about it: apart from dance class and the New Year's Eve countdown to midnight, wasn't kindergarten the last time you counted out loud with a roomful of other people?
- We've sat titillated or mortified as we shared in this voyeuristic exercise with a roomful of strangers.
- Is it your idea of fun to watch a roomful of under-educated monkeys sitting awkwardly in a studio for two hours?
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