back channel


Definition of back channel

: a secret, unofficial, or irregular means of communication

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Other Words from back channel

back-channel \ ˈbak-​ˌcha-​nᵊl How to pronounce back channel (audio) \ adjective

Examples of back channel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After conducting his own investigation into the case, Jewish prosecutor Alberto Nisman claimed in 2015 that Kirchner had a secret back channel with Iranian officials who were involved in the bombing and worked to keep them free of suspicion., 20 July 2021 Acting as a diplomatic back channel, Cairo brokered a cease-fire to end the 11-day conflict and earned American plaudits for doing so. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 June 2021 There are walleye fish and back channel messages with a Costco manager. New York Times, 9 June 2021 It’s about the back channel negotiations among a group of Israelis, Palestinians, and Norwegians leading up to the 1993 Oslo peace accords., 24 May 2021 As ambassador, Sondland undermined his State Department colleagues by serving as a back channel during Trump's attempted shakedown of the Ukrainian government. Mattathias Schwartz, Star Tribune, 27 Dec. 2020 Sullivan was credited with helping set up a secret back channel to Iran that produced the ambitious nuclear accord signed by Tehran and the six major powers in 2015. Evan Halper, Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2020 But investigators suspected that the men may have been seeking to arrange a clandestine back channel between the incoming Trump administration and Moscow. Anchorage Daily News, 15 Aug. 2020 Republicans and Democrats alike are testing whether to fight or flatter, whether to back channel requests or go public, all in an attempt to get Trump’s attention and his assurances. Jonathan Lemire, The Denver Post, 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of back channel

1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Back channel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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