back-alley


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back-alley

adjective Disreputable, unethical, squalid, and/or surreptitious. It is a modifier always used before a noun. I know a place that does back-alley dental work for a fraction of the normal cost, though, understandably, their results aren't always the best. The governor was found guilty of partaking in back-alley deals with local developers to secure costs lower than his budget.
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As they glided slowly on, keeping under the shore and sneaking in and out among the shipping by back-alleys of water, in a pilfering way that seemed to be their boatman's normal manner of progression, all the objects among which they crept were so huge in contrast with their wretched boat, as to threaten to crush it.
The moment a women shows up at hospital with a perforated uterus, indicating that she has had a back-alley abortion, she is shackled to her hospital bed and her body is treated as a crime scene.
State Attorney General Martha Coakley triggered the discussion saying she, too, is concerned some proposed restrictions had "a real potential" of forcing women into having back-alley abortions.
This led to back-alley abortions with countries including Ethiopia no longer able to offer comprehensive care for patients.
Sanger worked as a brilliant marketer to bring contraception, abortion, and unlimited sexual licence from back-alley brothels to mainstream society.
In a back-alley Bogota street market, Dorli Castaneda buys several products made from the infamous coca leaf, the base ingredient of cocaine.
Eban details back-alley sales of crates of counterfeit versions of Lipitor, Procrit, Epogen, and other drugs.
Until we do, back-alley vasectomies and other forms of desperation and lunacy will take the place of good health care and common sense.
How can we be nice to people who want to send pregnant women again to back-alley butchers, to people who want to take away necessary rights, and to people who line their pockets and the pockets of their friends through policies that are destroying the fragile ecology of our only planetary home?
Gibson contributes vibrant club showdowns and back-alley breakdance, slinky video sequences, and a hip-hop recital with fast-paced ensemble work.
But might he or she make, on the basis of good information, a prudential decision that this law would be universally disobeyed or that it would result in a tidal wave of unsafe, illegal, and back-alley abortions or that it would lead to a rash of convictions and imprisonment for women who had abortions or that the law would spawn widespread disrespect for law in general?
Proponents convinced the commission at an earlier session that their business would not be the stereotypical back-alley tattoo parlor.
There is a terrifying scene of a back-alley abortion.
And back-alley abortionists, who would kill for profit, were rightly regarded as reprobates.
Sequentially, the doors open, revealing couples dancing, soldiers practicing marching, and glimpses of back-alley life, then shut again; the viewer, too, has to "dance" in a circle in order to take in the unfolding action.