In the end, Tareq got to go to California with his wife thanks to a back-door deal he negotiated for a free airline ticket.
There was a great root of it round by the back-door here; 'twas dretful sweet, and she had to set it over, Miss Bute said.
He made a bad start, so far as Robina was concerned, by coming in at the back-door.
Your boy is come in just now, and called for the key of the back-door.
One day Dottie stood with Katie by the back-door blowing bubbles.
But possibly God in His mercy may let them slip in by a back-door to heaven!
Fig. 35, is the plan of a building for back-door accommodations.
The pledge having been given, Betty, the offending boots discarded, fled to her own room by way of the back-door.
He was in his shirt-sleeves too, and his coat and hat hung behind the back-door.
Dear Ladies, is there no back-door for me to get out at while you hold him in talk?
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.
Dishonest; dubious •Earlier senses were ''secret, clandestine'' and ''illegitimate, bastard'': a sleazy little back-door business (1900s+)