by the back door


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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.
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by the back door

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through the back door

mainly 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.
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by the back door

using indirect or dishonest means to achieve an objective.
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by/through the back ˈdoor

in an indirect or unofficial way: She has powerful friends, so she got into the diplomatic service by the back door.
See also: back, door, through
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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.