back channel



a secret, unofficial, or informal channel of communication as used in politics or diplomacy: sensitive information passed on through a back channel.

Related formsback-channel, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of back channel

  • But Cantor has since quietly held a series of back-channel conversations with the vice president.

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    Why the Debt Deal Faltered

    Howard Kurtz

    July 8, 2011

  • Esfandiari vehemently denies involvement in any type of espionage, back-channel organizations, or the CIA.

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    My Iranian Prison

    Sandra McElwaine

    September 25, 2009

  • Reagan occasionally used her trips to the Soviet Union for back-channel diplomacy.

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    The Lady Who Warmed Up the Cold War

    James Mann

    March 10, 2009

Historical Examples of back channel

  • The back-channel filled up with URLs and phone numbers and email addresses.


    Cory Doctorow

  • The far shore was a full mile away, while between the island and the near shore lay a back-channel perhaps a hundred yards across.