back alley


dirty, unprepossessing, sordid, or clandestine: back-alley morals; back-alley political schemes.

1860–65, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Main Entry:  back alley1
Part of Speech:  n, adj
Definition:  a narrow passage behind or between buildings
Main Entry:  back alley2
Part of Speech:  n, adj
Definition:  a place of secret or illegal dealings's 21st Century Lexicon
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Idioms & Phrases

back alley

see under back street.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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