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Backstairs definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BACK'STAIRS, n.[back and stairs.]
Stairs in the back part of a house; private stairs; and figuratively, a private or indirect way.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: secret and sly or sordid; "backstairs gossip"; "his low backstairs cunning"- A.L.Guerard; "backstairs intimacies"; "furtive behavior" [syn: backstair, backstairs, furtive] n
1: a second staircase at the rear of a building

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1663 1. secret, furtive <backstairs political deals> 2. sordid, scandalous <backstairs gossip>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n.pl. 1 stairs at the back or side of a building. 2 (also backstair) (attrib.) denoting underhand or clandestine activity.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Backstairs Back"stairs`, Backstair Back"stair`, a. Private; indirect; secret; intriguing; -- as if finding access by the back stairs. A backstairs influence. --Burke. Female caprice and backstairs influence. --Trevelyan.

Moby Thesaurus

back-door, clandestine, covert, feline, furtive, hidlings, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, privy, quiet, shifty, skulking, slinking, slinky, sly, sneaking, sneaky, stealthy, surreptitious, under-the-counter, under-the-table, undercover, underground, underhand, underhanded, unobtrusive



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