back alley

back-alley

[bak-al-ee]
adjective
dirty, unprepossessing, sordid, or clandestine: back-alley morals; back-alley political schemes.

Origin:
1860–65, Americanism

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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
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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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