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al·ley 1

 (ăl′ē)
n. pl. al·leys
1. A narrow street or passageway between or behind city buildings.
2. A path between flower beds or trees in a garden or park.
3. Sports
a. A straight narrow course or track, especially a bowling alley.
b. Either of the parallel lanes at the sides of a tennis court, which widen the inbounds area for doubles play.
Idiom:
up (one's) alley Informal
Compatible with one's interests or qualifications: an assignment that is right up your alley.

[Middle English alei, from Old French alee, from aler, to walk, from Latin ambulāre; see ambulate.]

al·ley 2

 (ăl′ē)
n. pl. al·leys Games
A large playing marble, often used as the shooter.

[Short for alabaster.]

alley

(ˈælɪ)
n
1. a narrow lane or passage, esp one between or behind buildings
2. (Bowls & Bowling) See bowling alley
3. (Tennis) tennis chiefly US the space between the singles and doubles sidelines
4. a walk in a park or garden, esp one lined with trees or bushes
5. up one's alley down one's alley See street10
[C14: from Old French alee, from aler to go, ultimately from Latin ambulāre to walk]

alley

(ˈælɪ)
n
(Individual Sports, other than specified) a large playing marble
[C18: shortened and changed from alabaster]

al•ley1

(ˈæl i)

n., pl. -leys.
1. a passage, as behind a row of houses, permitting access from the street to backyards, garages, etc.
2. a narrow back street.
3. a walk, as in a garden, enclosed with hedges or shrubbery.
4. Bowling.
a. a long, narrow, wooden lane or floor along which the ball is rolled.
b. (often pl.) a building for bowling.
5. Rare. an aisle.
Idioms:
(right) up or down one's alley, highly compatible with one's interests or abilities.
[1350–1400; < Middle French alee walk, passage, derivative of feminine of ale, past participle of aler to walk]

al•ley2

(ˈæl i)

n., pl. -leys. Northeastern U.S.
1. a large and choice playing marble.
2. any playing marble.
[1710–20; probably al (abaster) + -y2, sp. to conform with alley1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alley - a narrow street with walls on both sidesalley - a narrow street with walls on both sides
street - a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings; "they walked the streets of the small town"; "he lives on Nassau Street"
2.alley - a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pinsalley - a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins
bowling equipment - equipment used in bowling
lane - a well-defined track or path; for e.g. swimmers or lines of traffic
foul line - a line across a bowling alley that a bowler must not cross

alley

noun passage, walk, lane, pathway, alleyway, passageway, backstreet He dragged her into an alley and tied her up.
Translations
زقاقزُقَاقزِقَاقمَجاز لُعْبَة البولِنْغ
uličkadráha
baggadebanegydesmøge
callejóncallejuelapista (de bolos)
kuja
aleja
sikátor
gang
brautsund
路地
골목
gatvelėskersgatvis
alejabumbotavašaura ieliņa
dráhaulička
uličica
gränd
ตรอก
dar sokakdar ve uzun alangeçitpasaj
ngõ

alley

[ˈælɪ]
A. N
1. (between buildings) → callejón m, callejuela f; (in garden, park) → paseo m
this is right up my alleyesto es lo que me va, esto es lo mío
2. (US) (Tennis) → banda f lateral para dobles
see also blind E
see also bowling B
B. CPD alley cat N (also fig) → gato/a m/f callejero/a

alley

[ˈæli] n
(= street) → ruelle f
(in garden)allée falley cat nchat m de gouttière

alley

n
(between buildings) → (enge) Gasse; (between gardens) → Weg m, → Pfad m; (in garden) → Laubengang m
(= bowling alley, skittle alley)Bahn f

alley

:
alley cat
nstreunende Katze; to fight like alleyssich in den Haaren liegen; she’s got the morals of an alley (inf)sie treibts mit jedem
alleyway
nDurchgang m

alley

[ˈælɪ] n (between buildings) → vicolo; (in garden, park) → vialetto (Am) (Tennis) → corridoio
blind alley → vicolo cieco

alley

(ˈӕli) noun
1. (often ˈalleyway) a narrow street in a city etc (usually not wide enough for vehicles).
2. a long narrow area used for the games of bowling or skittles. a bowling alley.

alley

زُقَاق ulička gyde Gasse δρομάκι callejón kuja allée aleja vicolo 路地 골목 steegje bakgate uliczka viela аллея gränd ตรอก dar sokak ngõ 胡同
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Therefore you are to set whole alleys of them, to have the pleasure when you walk or tread.
They entered; behind a glass window, by the light of the cardinal's lantern, which had been placed on the floor in the midst of the gallery, they saw the orange and pomegranate trees of the Castle of Rueil, in long lines, forming one great alley and two smaller side alleys.
said Don Quixote; "where hast thou ever heard of castles and royal palaces being built in alleys without an outlet?
And always and everywhere I found saloons, on highway and byway, up narrow alleys and on busy thoroughfares, bright-lighted and cheerful, warm in winter, and in summer dark and cool.
From this little shop De Vac threaded his way through the dirty lanes and alleys of ancient London, lighted at far intervals by an occasional smoky lantern, until he came to a squalid tenement but a short distance from the palace.
In the town were some substantial windowless houses of stone scattered among a wilderness of thatched cabins; the streets were mere crooked alleys, and un- paved; troops of dogs and nude children played in the sun and made life and noise; hogs roamed and rooted contentedly about, and one of them lay in a reeking wallow in the middle of the main thoroughfare and suckled her family.
I evolved this sage reflection, as, lost deep down in the green alleys of the dingle, having fortified the romantic side of my nature with sandwiches and sherry, I lazily put the question to myself as to what manner of girl I expected the Golden Girl to be.
Here and there a sallow, begrimed face looked out from a gloomy doorway at the strangers, and increased Eppie's uneasiness, so that it was a longed-for relief when they issued from the alleys into Shoe Lane, where there was a broader strip of sky.
The people here live in alleys two yards wide, which have a smell about them which is peculiar but not entertaining.
Shortly after the commotion at the gate had subsided, Ajor and I arose to enter the hut, and at the same time a warrior appeared from one of the twisted alleys which, lying between the irregularly placed huts and groups of huts, form the streets of the Kro-lu village.
Just a brief glimpse of his immediate surroundings vouchsafed Bradley before he was whisked into the interior of one of the buildings; but in that momentary glance he saw strange piles of stone and wood and mud fashioned into buildings of all conceivable sizes and shapes, sometimes piled high on top of one another, sometimes standing alone in an open court-way, but usually crowded and jammed together, so that there were no streets or alleys between them other than a few which ended almost as soon as they began.
A very little boy stood upon a heap of gravel for the honor of Rum Alley.