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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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Eight of them she owned, and she kept them in a little place fenced around on her backstairs.
Was there a motive at work under this strange reluctance of Arthur's which had a sort of backstairs influence, not admitted to himself?
Alec, opening the door and letting her enter before him, while Phebe was seen whisking down the backstairs with a dust-pan.
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An official of the Prime Minster was marshaled to take signatures from the Ministry of State and Frontier Regions on the bill backstairs.
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.
Based on the fictitious secret diaries of William Tallon, steward and page of the backstairs to the Queen Mother - Backstairs Billy as he became popularly known - he saw and did it all in over 40 years of service.
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Costello Music gave birth to some of the most catchiest singalong tunes of the late noughties - the thunderous Creepin Up The Backstairs, the heartfelt Whistle For The Choir and the epic Chelsea Dagger, a song so grand its verve is echoed across every major sporting ground and stadium up and down the country.
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