- a street apart from the main or business area of a town.
Origin of back street
- taking place in secrecy and often illegally: back-street political maneuvering; back-street drug dealing.
Origin of back-street
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She began watching American television and listening to American pop music, including the Backstreet Boys and Madonna.How One Young Woman Escaped Childhood Abuse and a Forced Marriage
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First the Backstreet Boys and New Kids, then the united megagroup, and now Nick & Knight.'Nick & Knight': Nick Carter and Jordan Knight Are Your New Boy Band Power Couple
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The Backstreet Boys hosted a 20th anniversary cruise (seriously).Our Pop Culture Wish List for 2014
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The Backstreet Boys were the boy band of choice for people who liked their boy bands a little weirder.
I have a confession to make: I co-founded and operated a Backstreet Boys fan site for more than three years.
- a street in a town remote from the main roads
- (modifier) denoting illicit activities regarded as likely to take place in such a streeta backstreet abortion
Word Origin and History for backstreet
Idioms and Phrases with backstreet
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.