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backdoor

or back-door

[bak-dawr, -dohr] /ˈbækˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr/
adjective
1.
secret; furtive; illicit; indirect.
Origin of backdoor
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; adj. use of back door
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adj.

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.

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