Definition of boiler room in English:

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boiler room


1A room in a building (typically in the basement) or a compartment in a ship containing a boiler and related heating or steam-generating equipment.
Example sentences
  • The apartment includes a sitting room, study, kitchen, utility, boiler room, two bedrooms, bathroom and separate toilet.
  • Then on the Friday before the children were due to return to school in January, the heating system pump burst, leaving the boiler room underwater and the main school building with no heating once more.
  • The wheel was put hard over, causing the first torpedo to miss, but the second struck the forward boiler room, splitting the ship in two and causing her to sink within 15 seconds.
1.1A room used for intensive telephone selling: [as modifier]: boiler-room stock salesmen
More example sentences
  • The authors depicted a high-pressure sales culture that resembled a telemarketing boiler room more than a university admissions office.
  • He is by far the best salesman in his boiler room.
  • Remember that boiler-room operators are well-versed in making you feel utterly inadequate by your lack of knowledge about a particular company or ‘ground-breaking’ product.

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Syllabification: boil·er room

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