back door


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back door

n
1. a door at the rear or side of a building
2. a means of entry to a job, position, etc, that is secret, underhand, or obtained through influence
3. (as modifier): a backdoor way of making firms pay more.

back′ door′


n.
a secret, furtive, illicit, or indirect method or means.
[1520–30]
back′door′, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.back door - a secret or underhand means of access (to a place or a position)back door - a secret or underhand means of access (to a place or a position); "he got his job through the back door"
access - the act of approaching or entering; "he gained access to the building"
2.back door - an undocumented way to get access to a computer system or the data it containsback door - an undocumented way to get access to a computer system or the data it contains
access code, access - a code (a series of characters or digits) that must be entered in some way (typed or dialed or spoken) to get the use of something (a telephone line or a computer or a local area network etc.)
3.back door - an entrance at the rear of a buildingback door - an entrance at the rear of a building
exterior door, outside door - a doorway that allows entrance to or exit from a building
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Duchess in the meantime, had slipped out at the back door.
She made the first use of the opportunity the day after old Chester's death; indeed, as soon as the news had filtered in through the back door of Diana's Grove.
With that assurance he took his cudgel from the corner of the room, and stalked out swiftly by the back door of the house into the night.
By turning their heads they could see through an- other window, along an alleyway that ran behind the Main Street stores and into the back door of Abner Groff's bakery.
The flour pan in which their daily bread was mixed stood on the rude table side by side with the "prospecting pans," half full of gold washed up from their morning's work; the front windows of the newer tenements looked upon the one single thoroughfare, but the back door opened upon the uncleared wilderness, still haunted by the misshapen bulk of bear or the nightly gliding of catamount.
So, without giving notice of his intention to anyone, and without anybody seeing him, one morning before the dawning of the day (which was one of the hottest of the month of July) he donned his suit of armour, mounted Rocinante with his patched-up helmet on, braced his buckler, took his lance, and by the back door of the yard sallied forth upon the plain in the highest contentment and satisfaction at seeing with what ease he had made a beginning with his grand purpose.
As she went up the garden-path she heard her mother singing by the back door, coming in sight of which she perceived Mrs Durbeyfield on the doorstep in the act of wringing a sheet.
The traffic of the house took place through a side-door, and there was a back door as well for the gardener and for beggars and tramps.
He noticed that they had not come to the front entrance but to the back door.
A back door was partly open, as if by neglect, and their first thought was that the authors of the awful revelry might have escaped.
The coun- try at the back of Brenzett is low and flat, but the bay is fairly well sheltered from the seas, and occa- sionally a big ship, windbound or through stress of weather, makes use of the anchoring ground a mile and a half due north from you as you stand at the back door of the "Ship Inn" in Brenzett.
We had begun to roll popcorn balls with syrup when we heard a knock at the back door, and Tony dropped her spoon and went to open it.