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back stairs

noun
1.
stairs at the back of a house, as for use by servants.
2.
a means of intrigue.
Origin of back stairs
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30
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  • I went into the house, up the back stairs to my room, and shut the door.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The housekeeper made a hasty exit by way of the back stairs.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Watch the gate, then—let there be no noise—and come up by the back stairs.

  • He met the woman on the second floor and just coming up the back stairs.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • Then he turned into the rear hall and went down the back stairs.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • She ran from the room and down the back stairs, with Mary at her heels.

    Mary's Rainbow

    Mary Edward Feehan
  • The back stairs is good enough for me, so I'm thinking it's good enough for you.

    Our Casualty And Other Stories James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
  • Down the back stairs she ran like a whirlwind; down, and up, and down again.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • The housekeeper one day met Judy descending the back stairs.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • The two men descended from the attic and went down the back stairs.

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