Origin of backdoor
Definition for back-door (2 of 2)
Origin of back door
Examples from the Web for back-door
In the end, Tareq got to go to California with his wife thanks to a back-door deal he negotiated for a free airline ticket.
Anne instantly advanced to the back-door of the house—and found herself face to face with a lady who was a total stranger to her.Man and Wife|Wilkie Collins
And before I could answer, he'd popped me out through a back-door.The Letters of William James, Vol. II|William James
But she is the sort of girl that can never resist the back-door tout.
British Dictionary definitions for back-door
- a means of entry to a job, position, etc, that is secret, underhand, or obtained through influence
- (as modifier)a backdoor way of making firms pay more
Idioms and Phrases with back-door
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]
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]