a backroom boy

a backroom boy
(a back(-)room boy (тж. a boy in the back-room))
1) научный сотрудник секретной лаборатории; учёный или конструктор, работающий над новыми видами оружия [из речи лорда Бивербрука о военном производстве, произнесённой 24 марта 1941 г.; см. цитату из ‘Listener’]

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. (‘Listener’, Suppl) — Кто же отвечает за разработку новых видов оружия, от которой зависит так много? Кто же заслуживает похвалы? Засекреченные сотрудники научных лабораторий. Они стараются не привлекать к себе внимания, но именно они ведут всю работу.

G. P., a "backroom boy" on the staff of Lord M. was found dead in his flat. (‘Daily Express’, DNW) — Г: "П., засекреченный сотрудник, работавший в штате лорда М., был найден мертвым в своей квартире."

2) эксперт, специалист (особ. старающийся держаться в тени)

What we have to point out is that the nice young man is really the creature of the big bad boys in the backroom. (J. O'Connor, ‘The Last Hurrah’, part 2, ch. VI) — Мы должны сообщить вам, что этот приятный молодой человек на самом деле ставленник крупных воротил с железной хваткой, которые предпочитают держаться в тени.

Endymion Porter was one of the backroom boys of the Stuart monarchy. Without ever coming much into public notice, he seems to have enjoyed considerable influence in a quiet way. (‘Daily Worker’) — Эндимион Портер был крупным закулисным деятелем при Стюартах. Будучи мало известен широкой публике, он, по-видимому, пользовался большим влиянием.

Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

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