backstairs

or back·stair

[ bak-stairz ]
/ ˈbækˈstɛərz /

adjective

associated or originating with household servants: Weak tea and burnt toast evidenced the start of a backstairs revolt.
secret, underhanded, or scandalous: backstairs gossip.

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Origin of backstairs

First recorded in 1635–45; adjective use of back stairs

Definition for backstairs (2 of 2)

back stairs

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for backstairs

backstairs
/ (ˈbækˈstɛəz) /

pl n

a secondary staircase in a house, esp one originally for the use of servants

adjective Also: backstair

underhandbackstairs gossip
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