back-stair

backstairs

[bak-stairz]
adjective
1.
associated or originating with household servants.
2.
secret, underhanded, or scandalous: backstairs gossip.
Also, backstair.


Origin:
1635–45; adj. use of back stairs

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backstairs (ˈbækˈstɛəz)
 
pl n
1.  a secondary staircase in a house, esp one originally for the use of servants
 
adj
2.  underhand: backstairs gossip

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