(See also DOMINATION, VICTIMIZATION.)backstairs influence Indirect control, as of an advisor; power to affect the opinions of one in charge.
Backstairs refers to the private stairways of palaces, those used by unofficial visitors who had true access to or intimate acquaintance with the inner circles of government.
This expression derives from the fable of the monkey and the cat.
See cat’s paw, strings To influence or manipulate persons or things secretly to one’s own advantage; used especially in reference to political maneuvering; also to pull wires.
Originally, the phrase alluded to the Holy Scriptures which, in 16th-century England, were subjected to multitudinous and often conflicting interpretations.
The expression was later extended to include other controversial philosophies and laws that were subject to numerous explications.
Lord Durham appears to be pulling at 3 wires at the same time—not that the 3 papers—the Times, Examiner and Spectator are his puppets, but they speak his opinions.
(Samuel Rogers, Letters to Lord Holland, 1834)The allusion is to a puppeteer who, from behind the scenes, controls the movements of the puppets on stage by pulling on the strings or wires attached to them.
Polyamorous relationships can be open, where the relational partners agree to permit romantic or sexual relationships with other people, or closed, where those involved do not engage in relationships outside of the defined set of committed partners.
The practice of engaging in closed polyamorous relationships is sometimes called to indicate a hierarchy of different relationships or the place of each relationship in a person's life.
Today backstairs influence has come to mean the indirect influence or sway that given individuals or groups are able to exert over persons in power.brainwashing A method of changing an individual’s attitudes or allegiances through the use of drugs, torture, or psychological techniques; any form of indoctrination.