by the back door

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by/through the back door

not in a direct, official, or honest way He accused the government of privatizing the health service through the back door.
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To form a minority administration which the majority of the electorate who participated actually voted against is surely getting in by the back door.
In his final speech of the campaign, Mr Blair told supporters in Scarborough that registering a protest vote or failing to turn out at the polls risked letting the Tories in by the back door.
Part of this I speak of from personal experience: (A) I don't deal with death very well, as most people don't, and (B) in any nursing home that I've been in throughout my career, as well as most hospitals, you walk in through the front door, but you leave by the back door.