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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
References in classic literature ?
"I saw you from the Shaws' window and took the liberty of running after you by the back street," he said, laughing.
Gedge, the landlord of the Royal Oak, who used to turn a bloodshot eye on his neighbours in the village of Shepperton, sum up his opinion of the people in his own parish--and they were all the people he knew--in these emphatic words: "Aye, sir, I've said it often, and I'll say it again, they're a poor lot i' this parish--a poor lot, sir, big and little." I think he had a dim idea that if he could migrate to a distant parish, he might find neighbours worthy of him; and indeed he did subsequently transfer himself to the Saracen's Head, which was doing a thriving business in the back street of a neighbouring market-town.
and so the dustman says, I believe, with the strongest approval, and so does the marine-store shop in the back street. Gravely, Handel, for the subject is grave enough, you know how it is, as well as I do.
There, in the back street he found one, the Break of Day.
I loafed along the back streets studying and studying.
"They have been found near Sainsbury's, Woof'N'Ready, the back street of Christopher Street and along Sandringham Road."
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.
In addition to new takes on songs from the Back Street Crawler album, Montgomery plans to include songs from various chapters in his father's musical career, including the band Bloontz (the seed for Back Street Crawler) and Mike's unreleased solo album recorded in London after he departed Back Street Crawler.
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.
"So if you're anything like me and have thought 'Oh no not another bloomin' souvenir', the Back Street Games is the ultimate antidote to souvenirs.
The Back Street Diner not only sounds like something straight out of the States, it looks like that too.
Perhaps the councillor could walk the back street adjacent with Station Road, Colwyn Bay, behind the clothing shops.
A loud pyrotechnic burst signalled "The Bang" but then Thunder went back to their first album and the Back Street Symphony.
The safest measure was to have a couple of friends stand at each end of the back street keeping an eye open for him.
Now New Kids On The Block have teamed up with the Back Street Boys to give fans a reminder of what made them so popular.