al·​ley·​way | \ˈa-lē-ˌwā \

Definition of alleyway 

1 : a narrow passageway

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While the new space would be smaller, the Downtown Arts District also gains access to an outdoor alleyway, which Hartley said could be used for interactive events. Ryan Gillespie,, "Downtown Arts District, CityArts Factory eye move to historic downtown building," 21 June 2018 The power pole began to smolder in an alleyway between Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street in Downtown Hollywood. Juan Ortega,, "FPL restores power to downtown Hollywood after damaged pole caused outage," 14 July 2018 In each alleyway, 75 percent of the residents who back that alley must agree to install them. Megan Janetsky, azcentral, "'Highway for bad things': Phoenix tries closing alleys after neighbors complain of crime," 6 July 2018 All the little pots and market packs, cuttings in jars, grocery bags with gift plants in the driveway and alleyway — none of them are getting any younger or healthier! Sally Mccabe,, "July 13-19: In the garden, it's time to…," 13 July 2018 Wearing black Converse, jean shorts, and a jacket, her lifeless body is found propped up in an alleyway. Morgan Baila,, "Sharp Objects Premiere Recap: Home Is Where The Murder Is," 9 July 2018 Richards, still holding a gun to his head, walked into an alleyway between the house and the shopping center, with SWAT deputies following him, authorities said. Annie Martin,, "Lake County SWAT team shoots, kills man holding hostages in Eustis home," 5 July 2018 Troupes of Quran-memorizers once walked these alleyways reciting verses from their holy book. New York Times, "The Personal Wake-Up Call to Prayers, a Ramadan Tradition, Is Endangered," 13 June 2018 Children, many in threadbare clothes, skip down rocky alleyways and boot soccer balls into rusty, netless goals. Deirdre Fernandes,, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of alleyway

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of alleyway

: a passage between buildings

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