associated or originating with household servants.
secret, underhanded, or scandalous: backstairs gossip.
Also, backstair.

1635–45; adj. use of back stairs Unabridged
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backstairs (ˈbækˈstɛəz)
pl n
1.  a secondary staircase in a house, esp one originally for the use of servants
2.  underhand: backstairs gossip

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Both are backstairs literatures that often have to be semi-clandestinely distributed, then read with the shades drawn.
Backstairs intrigue around the senator's photography has run hotter than that.
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