backdoor

[ bak-dawr ]
/ ˈbækˈdɔr /

noun Also back door .

adjective Also back-door .

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Origin of backdoor

First recorded in 1520–30; back1 + door
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British Dictionary definitions for backdoor

back door

noun

a door at the rear or side of a building
  1. a means of entry to a job, position, etc, that is secret, underhand, or obtained through influence
  2. (as modifier)a backdoor way of making firms pay more
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Idioms and Phrases with backdoor

back door

1

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]

2

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]

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