a passage, as through a continuous row of houses, permitting access from the street to backyards, garages, etc.
a narrow back street.
a walk, as in a garden, enclosed with hedges or shrubbery.
a long, narrow, wooden lane or floor along which the ball is rolled.
(often plural) a building for bowling.
Tennis. the space on each side of a tennis court between the doubles sideline and the service or singles sideline.
Rare. an aisle.
Idioms about alley
up / down one's alley, Informal. in keeping with or satisfying one's abilities, interests, or tastes: If you like science fiction, this book will be right up your alley.
How to use alley in a sentence
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince — “A Nightmare On My Street”For those VHS horror movie lovers, this one is right up your alley.Trick Or Treat: An All Hallows’ Eve Playlist For You Guys And Ghouls | cmurray | October 30, 2020 | Essence.com
Once the vehicle is in the alley, the emergency lights go off again, but the cruiser keeps going, and Hylton is struck a few seconds laterwhen he darts out onto Kennedy Street between parked vehicles.Police video shows fatal crash as D.C. officers attempt to stop moped driver | Peter Hermann, Justin Jouvenal, Julie Zauzmer | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
They said he drove out of an alley and collided with another vehicle.Protesters demonstrate outside D.C. police station for second night after Karon Hylton’s death | Clarence Williams, Samantha Schmidt, Tom Jackman | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
Hylton died when he collided with a vehicle after pulling out of an alley, police said.Police may have pursued moped before fatal crash, officials say | Peter Hermann, Justin Jouvenal, Clarence Williams | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
During one of our first walks, we came across an alley that we’d never noticed before.
The picture you took of the boy lying in the alley also seemed to strike a chord.
The meeting place of human rights and criminal justice in Iran is like a dark and frightening alley.
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Truly it was a most enjoyable season and experience, but there is no joy without its alley here below—not even at the North Pole!The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
He turned into an alley, down which, nautically speaking, he rolled into a shabby little court.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
I turned right into a narrow street, went along it about fifty yards, and paused where it was crossed by a still narrower alley.Fee of the Frontier | Horace Brown Fyfe
From the set of his shoulders, it seemed that he might be just as glad the alley was dim; but he simply trailed along behind.Fee of the Frontier | Horace Brown Fyfe
I cannot put my own case to the Admiralty although the machines are wanted for overland tactics—a fatal blind alley.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for alley (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for alley (2 of 2)
a large playing marble
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Other Idioms and Phrases with alley
In addition to the idiom beginning with alley
- alley cat
- blind alley
- right up one's alley
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