backstairs

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Noun[edit]

backstairs (plural only)

  1. A staircase at the rear of a building or one normally only used by servants and tradesmen.
  2. An indirect or furtive means of access or intercourse.
    • 1934 March 27, “De Valera Move Hits Dignity Of Governor-General”, Christian Science Monitor:
      The straight-forward course, they say, would be to proclaim outright, instead of trying to bring it in by the backstairs.

Adjective[edit]

backstairs (comparative more backstairs, superlative most backstairs)

  1. Secret or furtive.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Edmund Burke
      A backstairs influence
    • (Can we date this quote?) Trevelyan
      Female caprice and backstairs influence.
  2. Scandalous.

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