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  • n. Alternative spelling of backstairs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. stairs in the back part of a house; private stairs. Also used adjectively. See Back stairs, Backstairs, and Backstair, in the Vocabulary.


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  • I stood near the back stairs waiting to hear my mother’s footfalls, or the sweet way she’d hum to herself as she dressed and moved about upstairs, her pretty satin mules clickity-clacking where the floors weren’t covered by rugs.

    My Sweet Audrina

  • Most likely while still asleep I'd heard the night nurse, Sarah Kirk, going down to the kitchen by the back stairs to fix a cup of tea.

    Beacon Street Mourning

  • Mr Lugg took it, and some time afterwards he came down the back stairs with a suitcase in his hand.

    The Case of the Late Pig

  • ‘Yes,’ said Miss Giggs, as she blew her nose, ‘that’s all very well, Miss Cloud, but if it wasn’t intended for me, why should somebody have run up the back stairs just in front of me?

    Laurels are Poison

  • Though I did get down the back stairs of the mountain at Axenstein, I get up the front stairs of my hotel here, which are broad and by no means steep, with no little trouble, not that there are many of them, for I am on the first floor; but I am acquiring a very considerable difficulty in the art (or nature) of breathing, and think that I may yet, before I die, develop the accomplishment of decided asthma.

    Further Records, 1848-1883: A Series of Letters


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