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back stairs

stairs at the back of a house, as for use by servants.
a means of intrigue.
Origin of back stairs
1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • “I saw him a little while ago,” said I, wondering if he were then at the foot of the back-stairs.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • It was then I dressed him in my clothes, and dragged him down the back-stairs to the piece of water.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • It forms a private entrance, as it were, to the two gulphs; and I named it back-stairs Passage.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis Matthew Flinders
  • I suppose they use the back-stairs, for I have never seen them.

  • And issuing from my asylum with precaution, I sought a back-stairs which conducted directly to the kitchen.

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • It is just possible that she may have gone down the back-stairs, and be already in the hall.

  • She had been standing on the little landing of the back-stairs, where he had almost caught her as she was coming up.

    The Cheerful Smugglers Ellis Parker Butler
  • Front-stairs; the back-stairs only reached the second floor.

  • Thus has Zimmermann's scheme come to be called his "back-stairs policy" and "the plot that failed."

    Lest We Forget John Gilbert Thompson
  • She stopped to lean against the last window at the head of the back-stairs.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins

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