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back door

1. Literally, an entrance located at the back of a building or place. When you get here, just come in the back door—I'll leave it unlocked for you.
2. Describing something that is done in a deceptive, corrupt, or indirect manner, especially with the intention of reducing the visibility of an action. The school board is trying to rush this major change through the back door, and we need to fight them on it!
See also: back, door

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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The two tried to open the apartment's front door, but had some trouble so they walked around to the back door. There they saw Mr.
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The officers ran to the back door and forced their way into the burning residence where they found a small unconscious child who Officer Rieson carried outside to safety.
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When the back door sat forward of the front door at this fine old house in Spokane, it caused no small amount of confusion for arriving guests.
As the front of the car was submerged in water Mike was unable to open the driver's door and quickly opened the back door to allow water to fill and balance the car.
"Around five minutes later the same male attempted to enter through the back door of the house.
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Casey-Rayborn Hicks, a spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, told the Times Picayune that a homeowner was jarred from his sleep when he heard a noise at the back door. Hicks said the homeowner grabbed his pistol and went down the hallway to investigate, and he noticed someone trying to pry the back door open.