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Kitchen cabinet a group of unofficial advisers (originally of the president of the US, in the mid 19th century) popularly believed to have greater influence than elected or appropriate officials; a private or unofficial group of advisers thought to be unduly influential.

kitchen-sink in art forms, characterized by great realism in the depiction of drab or sordid subjects. The term is most used of post-war British drama, such as John Osborne's Look Back in Anger (1956), which used working-class domestic settings rather than the drawing rooms of conventional middle-class drama.

See also if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

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