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back-street

[bak-street] /ˈbækˌstrit/
adjective
1.
taking place in secrecy and often illegally:
back-street political maneuvering; back-street drug dealing.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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British Dictionary definitions for backstreet

backstreet

/ˈbækˌstriːt/
noun
1.
a street in a town remote from the main roads
2.
(modifier) denoting illicit activities regarded as likely to take place in such a street: a backstreet abortion
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Word Origin and History for backstreet
n.

mid-15c., from back (adj.) + street.

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