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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BACKDOOR

It was as though he had walked round the house of literature, and peeped in at the backdoor.

Instantly the backdoor assumed the chief position of interest.

So unhappy she was that George immediately planned her a backdoor of excuse.

Nor was there anything the least clandestine in this backdoor trade of Herman's on the Sabbath.

The fire was built in the passage near the backdoor where I stood.

Kentuckians were left practically alone to defend the backdoor of the young Republic.

When within a short distance of the old house a backdoor suddenly opened and fule-Tammy came out carrying a peat-keschie.

Probably it had been a servants' entrance, a backdoor, or opening into what are called "the offices" in Scotland.

Let us go with Mark Rothwell himself, as he leaves his house that very night, sneaking out at the backdoor like a felon.

Because it served to neutralize Russia as a potential, backdoor combatant, a-la Vietnam.

WORD ORIGIN

also back-door, "devious, shady, illegal," 1640s. The notion is of business done out of public view. The noun back door in the literal sense is from 1520s, from back (adj.) + door. The association with sodomy is at least from 19c.; cf. also back-door man "a married woman's lover," black slang, early 20c.

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