back alley

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English[edit]

A back alley in Devonport

Noun[edit]

back alley (plural back alleys)

  1. An alleyway that runs behind a row of houses, or between rows of houses
    • 2016 May 23, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, “Apocalypse pits the strengths of the X-Men series against the weaknesses”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Apocalypse also happens to be a Fagin figure, shuffling around the back alleys of Cairo, where he makes the weather-controlling pickpocket Storm (Alexandra Shipp) his first follower by offering her baubles.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the United Kingdom, a residence whose only entrance is on a back alley will have an address of the form "Back Something Street", where the row of houses is in "Something Street".

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