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back street

1. A place or area that is regarded as unimportant or insignificant. But you'll get very little foot traffic if you open your shop on this back street.
2. A suspicious place known for the seedy or nefarious activities that happen there. Stay away from the back streets—I don't want you involved in any of the illegal activities that go on there.
See also: back, street

back street

Also, back alley. A less prominent or inferior location; also, a scene of clandestine or illegal dealings. For example, The highway department is very slow to clear snow from the back streets, or Before they were made legal, abortions were often performed in back alleys. Although back street literally means "one away from the main or business area of a town or city," this term, from the early 1600s, became associated with underhanded dealings, and back alley, from the mid-1800s, is always used in this sense.
See also: back, street
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You can play your part by pointing trading standards and the police in the direction of the sort of back street trading we have reported on today.
A snatch thief left a woman shocked when he grabbed her bag in an Ashington back street.
He is suspected of stabbing the captain to death in a back street in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, at 10:15 p.
Neighbour Sedgie Wick said: "The emergency services are sending cars down our back street and that's what alerted us.
Thursday Lives is back at the Home for Cooperation, and tonight the musical atmosphere will be filled with the bluesy sounds of Rumba Attack and the Back Street 3, featuring Bex Marshall.
Henry Barker, then 19, hit schoolboy Shahzaib Hussain while driving a Mercedes A-Class at speeds of more than 40mph along the 20mph narrow back street in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.