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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
Translations
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Anne followed them meekly home and slipped in by the back door.
With that assurance he took his cudgel from the corner of the room, and stalked out swiftly by the back door of the house into the night.
So, without giving notice of his intention to anyone, and without anybody seeing him, one morning before the dawning of the day (which was one of the hottest of the month of July) he donned his suit of armour, mounted Rocinante with his patched-up helmet on, braced his buckler, took his lance, and by the back door of the yard sallied forth upon the plain in the highest contentment and satisfaction at seeing with what ease he had made a beginning with his grand purpose.