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back stairs

stairs at the back of a house, as for use by servants.
a means of intrigue.
Origin of back stairs
1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Beauty must exert what power it could in the boudoir and on the back stairs.

    Lola Montez Edmund B. d'Auvergne
  • The housekeeper made a hasty exit by way of the back stairs.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Perhaps after a few hours, or a day, I would go up the back stairs, change my stockings—and the sun would shine again.

    Geraldine Farrar Geraldine Farrar
  • Watch the gate, then—let there be no noise—and come up by the back stairs.

  • While she was inspecting the kitchen, Mike and I carried her trunk up the back stairs.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires Walter Prichard Eaton
  • Then he turned into the rear hall and went down the back stairs.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • In order to get out of this room one had to pass through a hall into another room, where a back stairs led down to the rear yard.

    History of 'Billy the Kid' Chas. A. Siringo
  • She ran from the room and down the back stairs, with Mary at her heels.

    Mary's Rainbow Mary Edward Feehan
  • "Under the kitchen porch, through the little cellar window and up the back stairs," she explained.

    While Caroline Was Growing Josephine Daskam Bacon
  • The back stairs is good enough for me, so I'm thinking it's good enough for you.

    Our Casualty And Other Stories James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham

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