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.
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Daniels arrived back from a show in Switzerland at the same time as England's dunces delivered a final insult on their homecoming by sneaking out of the airport by the back door.
In exchanges following his statement, Mr Straw was challenged on speculation that the Government might seek to introduce some elements of the constitution '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.
Vivien Pulley said: "My grown-up daughter Rachel saw the snake slithering down the steps by the back door.
I FOR one wasn't surprised to read that cowardly Nick Clegg sneaked in by the back door instead of facing those outside the Lib Dem Scottish party conference in Perth protesting the cuts imposed by his Tory puppet-masters.
The 150,000-strong ATL teachers' union said: "This is reintroducing the 11-plus by the back door. It will lead to selection by social class."