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back door

1. An entry at the rear of a building, as in Deliveries are supposed to be made at the back door only. [First half of 1500s]
2. A clandestine, unauthorized, or illegal way of operating. For example, Salesmen are constantly trying to push their products by offering special gifts through the back door . This term alludes to the fact that the back door cannot be seen from the front. [Late 1500s]
See also: back, door
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On Tuesday a laptop computer was stolen from a property in Rushmore Street after thieves got in through the back door.
Despite Offaly's public opposition to the current modus operandi which served them so well this year the back door system, which permits the beaten provincial finalists in Munster and Leinster to re-enter the championship at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage, the motion to continue on for another four years will be overwhelmingly carried.
The home in Church Avenue, Water Orton, was raided overnight on Friday, when raiders got in through the unlocked back door.
While the two were inside the bank, they saw that a sheriff's patrol car had pulled up out front and they ran out the back door, where someone saw the two men jump a wall and reported what he had seen to deputies.
two armed men, their faces covered by pantyhose, entered through the back door and shouted, "This is a robbery.
He left through the back door and got into a dark vehicle, possibly driven by an accomplice.
on October 28th by banging on her back door, then found a youth attempting to climb through a bedroom window.
By delivering complete inventory management capabilities, from back door receiving and ordering to the front end, we are enabling retailers to control inventory -- their biggest operational investment.
She saw her back door in Heather Road, Binley Woods, was open when she returned at 2.
After the gunman jumped the counter, his pistol fired, hitting Gram in the back, and he ran out the back door without taking any money.
Thieves smashed the window of a back door in Barker Butts Lane, then reached inside and used the keys to open the door.
The robbers forced employees to open the safe, then fled out the back door.
PALMDALE - A gunman burst into a home day-care center Thursday morning and brandished a pistol at a woman and her husband before fleeing out the back door and over a fence, deputies said.
The burglars apparently discovered once they got inside the Smoke 4 You shop in the 500 block of East Palmdale Boulevard that there was no back door and that the front was covered with a security screen, so they had to climb back out through the roof, Sgt.
The cashier said she believed there was a third female robber at the back door.