backdoor

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


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

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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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Example sentences
The first is an old-fashioned backdoor inquiry: ie, snooping.
Had an awesome but kinda chilly clear night, a great view from right outside
  the backdoor.
One argument is that intervention may be a backdoor route to reflation.
Our tipping culture is a backdoor to actually paying service staff a decent
  wage.
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