Backstair
Backstairs Back"stairs`, Backstair Back"stair`, a. Private; indirect; secret; conducted with secrecy; intriguing; -- as if finding access by the back stairs; as, backstairs gossip.

Syn: clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, on the quiet(predicate), secret, subterranean, surreptitious, undercover, underground. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

A backstairs influence. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

Female caprice and backstair influence. --Trevelyan. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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