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  • n. A usually small and narrow street or alley, especially one in inferior or poorer parts of a city, away from the centre.
  • n. A secret, clandestine or illegal scene.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a narrow street with walls on both sides


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  • So I told him they collected the bags every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning - we have a good service round here, this being a wealthy sort of place and not a once-a-week-if-you're-lucky back street - and he was tearing open some of the bags with his fingernails … and looking inside them … he was ever so … upset … and I asked him if I could help him, and … and … '

    To The Hilt

  • She wanted to "surprise" her brothers with a present of pipes for soap-bubbles, and very likely if she began talking about the back street at all it would make them think of Mrs. Whelan's, and then they might think of the pipes for themselves, which Peggy did not wish at all.

    Little Miss Peggy: Only a Nursery Story

  • The Tyrians fought back street by street with the desperation of those who have no hope of mercy.

    Alexander the Great

  • How sweet the air does smell — even the air of a back street in the suburbs — after the shut-in, subfaecal stench of the spike!

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • He went back to his undergraduate days and saw himself drinking coffee in a shabby teashop in a Cambridge back street where, behind a thin green curtain, an appalling gramophone ground out the plummy mouthings of a tenth-rate ballad singer.

    The Fashion in Shrouds


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