a street apart from the main or business area of a town.
- Compare side street.
Other definitions for back-street (2 of 2)
taking place in secrecy and often illegally: back-street political maneuvering; back-street drug dealing.
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How to use back street in a sentence
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British Dictionary definitions for backstreet
a street in a town remote from the main roads
(modifier) denoting illicit activities regarded as likely to take place in such a street: a backstreet abortion
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Other Idioms and Phrases with back street
Also, back alley. A less prominent or inferior location; also, a scene of clandestine or illegal dealings. For example, The highway department is very slow to clear snow from the back streets, or Before they were made legal, abortions were often performed in back alleys. Although back street literally means “one away from the main or business area of a town or city,” this term, from the early 1600s, became associated with underhanded dealings, and back alley, from the mid-1800s, is always used in this sense.
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