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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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However, delegates clearly felt any suspension was the thin end of the wedge and an attempt by the Tory-led coalition to deregulate Sunday trading by the back door.
I FOR one wasn't surprised to read that cowardly Nick Clegg sneaked in by the back door instead of facing those outside the Lib Dem Scottish party conference in Perth protesting the cuts imposed by his Tory puppet-masters.
Firstly, Welsh Labour spent the whole of the Assembly campaign making sure that we got the message that, "A vote for anyone other than Labour will let the Conservatives in by the back door.