back-door

back door

noun
1.
a door at the rear of a house, building, etc.
2.
a secret, furtive, or illicit method, manner, or means.

Origin:
1520–30

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backdoor

[bak-dawr, -dohr]
adjective
secret; furtive; illicit; indirect.
Also, back-door.


Origin:
1605–15; adj. use of back door

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back door
 
n
1.  a door at the rear or side of a building
2.  a.  a means of entry to a job, position, etc, that is secret, underhand, or obtained through influence
 b.  (as modifier): a backdoor way of making firms pay more

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backdoor
"devious, shady, illegal," 1640s, from back + door. The notion is of business done out of public view. The association with sodomy is at least from 19c.; also back-door man "a married woman's lover," black slang, early 20c.
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