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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Definitions for backstairs

  1. secret, underhanded, or scandalous: backstairs gossip.
  2. associated or originating with household servants.

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Citations for backstairs
I say to Lord Hartington before you all, not by any backstairs intrigue and not by any secret negotiations, but in the face of this great meeting held in this great town and before all of England ... "Come over and help us!" Herbert Maxwell, "Lord Randolph Churchill," The National Review, Vol. XXV, March to August 1895
He would never believe it--it was a nasty piece of backstairs gossip! Upton Sinclair, The Metropolis, 1908
Origin of backstairs
1635-1645
Backstairs was first recorded in 1635-45. It’s the adjectival extension of the noun back stairs.