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[al-ee-wey] /ˈæl iˌweɪ/
an alley or lane.
a narrow passageway.
Origin of alleyway
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90; alley1 + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • By means of an alley-way they headed him off, and lying in ambush, sprang out upon his approach, and flung themselves toward him.

    Shadow, the Mysterious Detective Police Captain Howard
  • After supper they all sit about the kitchen or in the alley-way, chatting, smoking.

    In Madeira Place Heman White Chaplin
  • Captain Walling in one instance saw a crowd with fire-arms standing in an alley-way.

  • Up this alley-way a man had been picking his prowling way in the dark.

  • Then he pointed down the alley-way, and seeing Hung advance, slid along after him.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • There remained the rigging and the alley-way, and neither was very enticing.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • Then he lifted him from his feet as if he weighed a mere nothing, and using all his strength threw him across the alley-way.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • This, in due course, took me along the alley-way to the barber's shop.

  • It was nearly two o'clock when they carried the ladder into the alley-way.

    Princeton Stories Jesse Lynch Williams
  • Lebeau had not been mistaken; there were voices in the alley-way.

    Garrick's Pupil Auguston Filon
British Dictionary definitions for alley-way


a narrow passage; alley
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for alley-way

1788, from alley + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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