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back-alley

[bak-al-ee] /ˈbækˈæl i/
adjective
1.
dirty, unprepossessing, sordid, or clandestine:
back-alley morals; back-alley political schemes.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism
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Contemporary definitions for back alley
noun, adjective

a narrow passage behind or between buildings

noun, adjective

a place of secret or illegal dealings

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Slang definitions & phrases for back alley

back alley

modifier

: a back-alley saloon/ back-alley language

noun phrase

An alley or street in a mean and disreputable neighborhood; slum street or area (1860s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with back alley

back alley

see under back street
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