back alley

back alley

A suspicious place known for the seedy or nefarious activities that happen there. Stay away from the back alley—I don't want you involved in any of the illegal activities that go on there.
See also: alley, back

back alley

see under back street.
See also: alley, back
References in classic literature ?
Success gave him nerve and even actual intrepidity; insomuch, indeed, that after he had conveyed his harvest to his mother in a back alley, he went to the reception himself, and added several of the valuables of that house to his takings.
The young ladies, and other people, crowded around and showed a great deal of sympathy, but that did not help matters; for my friends said they did not want sympathy, they wanted a back alley and solitude.
And they had also brought pianos and guitars, and they played and sang operas, while the plebeian paper-lanterned gondolas from the suburbs and the back alleys crowded around to stare and listen.
Shut the door and blindfold the doctor tight and fast, and make him swear to be silent as the grave, and put a purse full of gold in his hand, and then take and lead him all around the back alleys and everywheres in the dark, and then fetch him here in the canoe, in a roundabout way amongst the islands, and search him and take his chalk away from him, and don't give it back to him till you get him back to the village, or else he will chalk this raft so he can find it again.
STOLEN shoes taken from an Olympian's car will be returned to their owner after being found in a back alley.
Firefighters extinguished the canister in the back alley of Northcote Street, near Yarm Road in Stockton at around tea-time.
This means two options: up a back alley (in private) or back home for a change of clothing.
Contract Awarded for Tree Pruning for the Back Alley Refresh Project
Greggs worker Kenny Thurgood was out in Newcastle when he was attacked by Laghaney in a back alley.
THESE dramatic pictures show firefighters tackling a back alley blaze in Cardiff.
Toothless in our back alley, every Sunday--Bubak, Bag Man ready to
The attack happened in a small back alley known as a "ginnel" in Halifax, West Yorks.
Another rad thing is that you can actually see these bands in concert with loud speakers and vendors and all the amenities instead of some back alley shithole.
From the neglected back alley to the high rise towerblock, this exhibition will show how green fingers and green thinking can help transform city spaces into urban oases.
Victim Samantha Madgin, 18, was stabbed when two groups clashed in a back alley in Wallsend, near Newcastle.