back street


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back′ street′

a street apart from the main or business area of a town. Cf. side street.
[1630–40]

back•street

(ˈbækˌstrit)

adj.
taking place in secrecy and often illegally: backstreet political maneuvering.
[1895–1900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.back street - a narrow street with walls on both sidesback street - 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"
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I saw you from the Shaws' window and took the liberty of running after you by the back street," he said, laughing.
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.
By way of experiment, I stepped into a little shop in a queer old back street, took four gaily decorated boxes of wax matches and three cigars, and laid down a silver piece worth 48 cents.
Appearances are everything, so far as human opinion goes, and the man who will walk down Piccadilly arm in arm with the most notorious scamp in London, provided he is a well-dressed one, will slink up a back street to say a couple of words to a seedy-looking gentleman.
He did not choose any back street to-day, but rode slowly, with uplifted head and free glances, along the principal street all the way to the bridge.
and so the dustman says, I believe, with the strongest approval, and so does the marine-store shop in the back street.
She lived in a small house in a back street, but it was clean and tidy.
At the first second-hand clothing shop I came to, up a back street, I got a rough rig suitable for a common seaman who might be going on a cold voyage, and bound up my face with a liberal bandage, saying I had a toothache.
I remember, before entering the park, I stood awhile to contemplate the statue of General Belliard, and then I advanced to the top of the great staircase just beyond, and I looked down into a narrow back street, which I afterwards learnt was called the Rue d'Isabelle.
The friend's stable had to be reached through a back street where you might as easily have been poisoned without expense of drugs as in any grim street of that unsanitary period.
There, in the back street he found one, the Break of Day.
The band on the pier is playing a harsh waltz in good time, and further along the quay there is a Salvation Army meeting in a back street.