- stairs at the back of a house, as for use by servants.
- a means of intrigue.
Origin of back stairs
First recorded in 1620–30
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Examples from the Web for back stairs
It was then I dressed him in my clothes, and dragged him down the back-stairs to the piece of water.Barnaby Rudge
With becoming modesty I penetrated to this haven by the back-stairs.The Right Stuff
“I saw him a little while ago,” said I, wondering if he were then at the foot of the back-stairs.Out in the Forty-Five
Emily Sarah Holt
I suppose they use the back-stairs, for I have never seen them.Plays by August Strindberg, Third Series
It is just possible that she may have gone down the back-stairs, and be already in the hall.The Girls of St. Wode's
L. T. Meade