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back door

a door at the rear of a house, building, etc.
a secret, furtive, or illicit method, manner, or means.
Origin of back door
First recorded in 1520-30


or back-door

[bak-dawr, -dohr] /ˈbækˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr/
secret; furtive; illicit; indirect.
First recorded in 1605-15; adj. use of back door Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for back door
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  • I'm willin'; but I'm not goin' around by the back door to miss that feller.

  • They saw Mrs. Grant rush from the back door, and then fall upon the ground.

    Hope and Have Oliver Optic
  • He turned without waiting a second and passed through the back door by which he had entered.

    The Man in the Twilight Ridgwell Cullum
  • They build every year in the big elm by the back door, and they do sing beautiful.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • But there was no back door, and Robin's sentry had followed me to the wash-place, and stood stolidly by the door until I came out.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
British Dictionary definitions for back door

back door

a door at the rear or side of a building
  1. a means of entry to a job, position, etc, that is secret, underhand, or obtained through influence
  2. (as modifier): a backdoor way of making firms pay more
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Word Origin and History for back door



also back-door, "devious, shady, illegal," 1640s. The notion is of business done out of public view. The noun back door in the literal sense is from 1520s, from back (adj.) + door. The association with sodomy is at least from 19c.; cf. also back-door man "a married woman's lover," black slang, early 20c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for back door

back door

noun phrase

  1. A devious, shady, and perhaps illegal means: The US Government may be able to use a ''back door'' into Microsoft Windows to infiltrate computers worldwide (1581+)
  2. The anus; asshole (1600s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with back door

back door

An entry at the rear of a building, as in Deliveries are supposed to be made at the back door only. [ First half of 1500s ]
A clandestine, unauthorized, or illegal way of operating. For example, Salesmen are constantly trying to push their products by offering special gifts through the back door. This term alludes to the fact that the back door cannot be seen from the front. [ Late 1500s ]
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