noun, plural al·leys.
- a long, narrow, wooden lane or floor along which the ball is rolled.
- (often plural) a building for bowling.
- bowling green.
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Idioms for alley
Origin of alley1
synonym study for alley
Words nearby alley
Definition for alley (2 of 2)
noun, plural al·leys.Chiefly Northeastern U.S.
Example sentences from the Web for alley
During one of our first walks, we came across an alley that we’d never noticed before.
Patients needing MRI scans must be taken outdoors and down an alley, past dumpsters and into a hospital parking lot, where the scan is done in a rented trailer.Investors Extracted $400 Million From a Hospital Chain That Sometimes Couldn’t Pay for Medical Supplies or Gas for Ambulances|by Peter Elkind with Doris Burke|September 30, 2020|ProPublica
The picture you took of the boy lying in the alley also seemed to strike a chord.
The alley cat and her kittens would have mugged him already.Up To a Point: Robber Barons Make Way For Robber Nerds|P. J. O’Rourke|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He said his cousin had been found dead in an alley and he had to rush home.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters|Alex Belth|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It had rained while we were inside and the air in the alley smelled almost fresh.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis|Stanley Booth|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Trell had a bus ticket to Iowa and the promise of a new life in his pocket when he was fatally shot in a Chicago alley in 2012.What’s More Obscene Than Rihanna’s Boobs? Instagram’s Kids With Guns|Michael Daly|May 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In her extremity she saw the mouth of the alley, dodged in, and was safe.The Battle with the Slum|Jacob A. Riis.
A moment later the Filippeschi and their burden had disappeared into the alley.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel|Robert Shea
The Nipe moved cautiously along the alley toward the rear of the building that was his target.Anything You Can Do ...|Gordon Randall Garrett
After a stroll through the alley, we selected the house that had displayed behind it some lovely pheasants and salmon.My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands|George Francis Train
Both exerted every nerve, and ten seconds later the wagon rolled out of the open doors, and was guided by Matt up the alley.Young Auctioneers|Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for alley (1 of 2)
Word Origin for alley
British Dictionary definitions for alley (2 of 2)
Word Origin for alley
Idioms and Phrases with alley
In addition to the idiom beginning with alley
- alley cat
- blind alley
- right up one's alley