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back channel

a secret, unofficial, or informal channel of communication as used in politics or diplomacy:
sensitive information passed on through a back channel.
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back-channel, adjective Unabridged
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  • The back-channel filled up with URLs and phone numbers and email addresses.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • The far shore was a full mile away, while between the island and the near shore lay a back-channel perhaps a hundred yards across.

Contemporary definitions for back-channel

a secret, indirect, or irregular means of communication, esp. for sensitive government and diplomacy matters

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