by/through the back door
by the back door
By deceptive, corrupt, or indirect methods. This major change came by the back door, so we definitely need to fight the school board on it.
through the back door
In a deceptive, corrupt, or indirect manner, especially in a way intended to reduce 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!
by the back dooror
through the back doormainly BRITISH
COMMON If someone gets or does something by the back door or through the back door, they do it secretly, in a way that is not open and honest. They accuse the minister of trying to re-introduce selective education by the back door. They were going against the procedures that we had at the bank and were doing things through the back door. Note: Back-door can be used before a noun. They want to use civilian patrols as a back-door method of policing on the cheap.