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backstairs

[bak-stairz] /ˈbækˈstɛərz/
adjective
1.
associated or originating with household servants.
2.
secret, underhanded, or scandalous:
backstairs gossip.
Also, backstair.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; adj. use of back stairs
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British Dictionary definitions for back-stair

backstairs

/ˈbækˈstɛəz/
plural noun
1.
a secondary staircase in a house, esp one originally for the use of servants
adjective
2.
underhand backstairs gossip
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