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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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WHILE YOU'RE THERE Explore the back streets of the Square Mile taking in the Tower Bridge Exhibition, which competes with the London Eye for the best view of London.
But instead of looking steadily at frightening statistics like these, the latest mania to seize the Welsh government is to return abortion to the back streets - and even be proud of it.
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.
A KENSINGTON teenager has pleaded not guilty to raping a woman in a Liverpool city centre back street.
Almost 25 years after his death and 40 years after Back Street Crawler's 'The Band Played On', Mike Montgomery's songs continue to capture the ears of loyal fans and new listeners.
IN reply to Kevin Lynch (Letters, April 14), Standard Avenue may be a little back street to him but to the residents it's a long, winding avenue with a school at the end of it, Templars, but this doesn't stop the speeding cars and vans going along it.
In the film, Dante's character, a frustrated middle-aged lesbian, comes to a stalemate with a stubborn grieving widow when the cars they are driving come grill-to-grill on a narrow back street in a poor Palermo neighborhood.
Traffic has been diverted at the traffic signal of the Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative Court to the back street of the Court, and from the traffic signal of Al Dhafra Cooperative society to the back street of Al Gharbia Municipality building according to the plan.
Surely targeting an unimportant back street in the market area isn't achieving this?
Here, within the pages, was one of the most unusual (and necessary) back street trades, and one shared between London and Birmingham.
I WAS interested to read the letter by KKehoe (Letters, July 24) which complained of receiving a parking ticket for "unnecessary obstruction", while parked in a back street with no double yellow lines off Leeds Street.
The Back Street Diner not only sounds like something straight out of the States, it looks like that too.
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Jackson County Farmers Market Where: Parallel to Mill Street, more commonly referred to as Back Street by the locals.