al·​ley·​way | \ ˈa-lē-ˌwā How to pronounce alleyway (audio) \

Definition of alleyway

1 : a narrow passageway

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Box told the Forth Worth Star-Telegram that John Miller took a mattress Howard placed in a dumpster in the nearby alleyway out of the dumpster, and threw it on Howard's property. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Texas father and son allegedly killed neighbor over mattress in trash bin: video released," 20 Sep. 2018 The alleyways still make shortcuts between the old garages, and the homes are well-kept, azaleas lush, magnolias bigger than ever. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "‘Absolute paradise’: Tom Wolfe’s idyllic Richmond childhood," 16 May 2018 In an alleyway shaded by a weeping fig tree, Bún Cá Sâm Cây Si is known for delicious nem cá: deep-fried spring rolls filled with wood-ear mushrooms, minced pork, scallion, and tender fish. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Interim Police Chief Gary Tuggle said Sassafras was shot Sunday evening when a crime suppression unit encountered the man in an alleyway of a troubled west Baltimore neighborhood. Fox News, "Man slain in Baltimore police shootout was paroled this year," 25 Sep. 2018 The live-crime missions range from a single fight in an alleyway to a lengthy battle against waves of foes on a rooftop. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man PS4 review: Does whatever a spider can—and then some," 4 Sep. 2018 While construction continues to rebuild and restore businesses in historic Loveland, in an alleyway across the street, the Alley Boutique has brought a little piece of Loveland back to life. Chuck Gibson,, "Alley Boutique first to reopen after historic Loveland fire," 15 June 2018 An alleyway behind the store provides quick egress to Indiana Avenue to the east and Alta Canyada Road to the west. Sara Cardine,, "Garden center owners up in arms after furniture thieves strike 7 times in 4 months," 3 May 2018 Its market sprawls along narrow, covered alleyways packed not just with fish vendors but also with Korean barbecue joints and pickle sellers with dozens of kinds of kimchi. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Sushi-Obsessed Trip to Osaka," 4 Dec. 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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