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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A second staircase at the rear of a building adj. - Secret and sly or sordid.

Usage examples (25)
  • backstairs gossip
  • Adjective : backstairs gossip
  • The road to eminence lay by the "backstairs," the atmosphere of which he could not endure.
  • PILGRIM: And any backstairs pressure, perhaps, to keep him out? for more
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  • If something is "backstairs," it is secret, such as a "backstairs" affair. The "back stairs" are the stairs in the back of a building.
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