- secret; furtive; illicit; indirect.
Origin of backdoor
- a door at the rear of a house, building, etc.
- a secret, furtive, or illicit method, manner, or means.
Origin of back door
Examples from the Web for back-door
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.Inside the Salahi Split
September 16, 2011
The back-door was wide open, but nothing was to be seen of the ghost.Paul Prescott's Charge
Why must you let him come in like a thief by a back-door, if you have nothing to be ashamed of?A Bride of the Plains
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
One day Dottie stood with Katie by the back-door blowing bubbles.Dotty Dimple at Her Grandmother's
I avoided my many suitors, and escaped from the theatre by a back-door.
He made a bad start, so far as Robina was concerned, by coming in at the back-door.They and I
Jerome K. Jerome
- a door at the rear or side of a building
- a means of entry to a job, position, etc, that is secret, underhand, or obtained through influence
- (as modifier)a backdoor way of making firms pay more
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.
Idioms and Phrases with 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]