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 (băk′stârz′) also back·stair (-stâr′)
Furtively carried on; clandestine: backstairs gossip.
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Adj.1.backstair - secret and sly or sordidbackstair - 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"
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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.
The Prime Minister emphasized that there had been opened "hundreds of vacancies to which one can apply but they are not for those having backstair influence as it used to be, but those people who by their knowledge, abilities, aspirations can come and change the situation in the country.
Not by backstair influence, not in hiding, but openly, said Volodymyr Groysman, noting that the procedure for electing leaders through open competitions also applies to agencies of central authorities.
Mr Tallon, aged 66, who is known as Backstairs Billy because of his role as Page of the Backstairs, was unavailable for comment yesterday.
The up and coming Glasgow band, who are causing a sensation with their debut single Creeping Up The Backstairs, have been given the task of drawing revellers away from the main stage when they headline Sunday's Futures stage at Balado.
Mr Tallon, 66, dubbed Backstairs Billy because of his title as Page of the Backstairs, led her household staff in mourning.
The Glaswegian trio are destined for big things in the coming year, provided they can keep up the feel-good factor engendered by Creepin' Up The Backstairs.
He spoke to Jackie Meakin, her faithful dresser, and Leslie Chapel, page of the backstairs, who were rarely far from their mistress's side in her final weeks.