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 (băk′stârz′) also back·stair (-stâr′)
Furtively carried on; clandestine: backstairs gossip.


(ˈbækˈstɛəz) or


pl n
(Building) a secondary staircase in a house, esp one originally for the use of servants
underhand: backstairs gossip.



also back′stair′,

secret, underhanded, or scandalous: backstairs gossip.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.backstairs - a second staircase at the rear of a buildingbackstairs - a second staircase at the rear of a building
staircase, stairway - a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Adj.1.backstairs - secret and sly or sordidbackstairs - secret and sly or sordid; "backstairs gossip"; "his low backstairs cunning"- A.L.Guerard; "backstairs intimacies"; "furtive behavior"
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"


A. NPLescalera f de servicio
B. CPD [staff] → de servicio; [work] → doméstico (fig) [gossip, plot] → clandestino, subrepticio


[ˈbækˈstɛəz] nplscala sg di servizio
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Alec, opening the door and letting her enter before him, while Phebe was seen whisking down the backstairs with a dust-pan.
Was there a motive at work under this strange reluctance of Arthur's which had a sort of backstairs influence, not admitted to himself?
Eight of them she owned, and she kept them in a little place fenced around on her backstairs.
But long before Putin's backstairs embrace of Donald Trump's candidacy, Syria had illustrated the limitations of a president who always tiptoed through the tulips.
Plausible deniability" is built into backstairs accords, but Whitehall sources are adamant a deal was on offer, not on the fiscal framework or the status of shopworkers in Scotland, but the status of the SNP leadership.
They also added Irfan and his other family members have illegally encroached on the houses of Mission Hospital and also using police backstairs influences.
But the fact the Swiss, 79, voiced this claim - along with the suggestion UEFA chief Michel Platini (above) and French president Nicolas Sarkozy had scuppered a backstairs deal to award the 2022 World Cup to the USA by instead backing Qatar - was bizarre even by Blatter's standards.
She said: "Corbyn came from nowhere to take the Labour leadership and Sanders is creeping up the backstairs in the presidential election.
An official of the Prime Minster was marshaled to take signatures from the Ministry of State and Frontier Regions on the bill backstairs.
Santo Loquasto, SET & COSTUME DESIGN: The play takes place in the day of Long Day's Journey, only it's the backstairs aspect--the stiff world of the cook and Kathleen (who is the "second girl," the only character who appears in both plays).
Earlier, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis formally submitted the request after days of backstairs negotiations with the European Commission and the chairman of the Eurogroup of finance ministers of the currency bloc.
THE spirit of Backstairs Billy, the Coventry-raised butler to the Queen Mother, is still haunting the Royal Family although he passed away seven years ago.