dirty, unprepossessing, sordid, or clandestine:
back-alley morals; back-alley political schemes.
Just around the corner from stores like Chanel, Valentino, and Hermès—not exactly a back alley.
My Illegal, Flammable, Fabulous Hair Treatment Laura Bennett July 9, 2009
Thus, and not in treacled cadences, intrigued Mariar and Sir Thomas in the back alley.
Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells
He scuttled across the street; in a flash had vanished in a back alley.
The Native Son Inez Haynes Irwin
The few children whom she knew were apt to be rather quiet in her presence, but not so this lad from the back alley.
Divided Skates Evelyn Raymond
But the next afternoon when Chuck Grove whistled in our back alley and held up two fingers, I dropped the hoe and went with him.
Back Home Eugene Wood
For a year she was kept as a Slave in this resort, which was over a saloon, and the entrance was through a back alley.
Chicago’s Black Traffic in White Girls Jean Turner-Zimmermann
They rounded the turn and Bill sent the car streaking along the black road like a terrified cat up a back alley.
Dorothy Dixon Wins Her Wings Dorothy Wayne
Directly opposite him and at a distance of four or five feet was a door leading to a back alley.
The Master Mystery Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
Like rival “gun gangs” in a back alley, the nations of the world, through the bloody ages, have fought over their differences.
The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Into the back room over the back alley between the black walls had crept the Harbinger.
The Voice of the City O. Henry
a place of secret or illegal dealings
: a back-alley saloon/ back-alley language
An alley or street in a mean and disreputable neighborhood; slum street or area (1860s+)
see under back street
- Back anchor
a small anchor for backing a larger one.
backward and forward; side to side; to and fro: a back-and-forth shuttling of buses to the stadium; the back-and-forth movement of a clock’s pendulum. unresolved argument or discussion. Contemporary Examples See the back-and-forth allegations of stalking and text-message harassment. Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton’s Wild Feud: Stalking Allegations and Smear Campaigns The Daily Beast August […]
- Back and to
back-and-forth; to and fro.
- Back away
the rear part of the human body, extending from the neck to the lower end of the spine. the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back. the rear portion of any part of the body: the back of the head. the whole body, with reference to clothing: the clothes on his […]