back channel


Definition of back channel

: a secret, unofficial, or irregular means of communication

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 According to the indictment, in May 2016, Barrack agreed to serve as a back channel between the Emiratis and the Trump campaign. Rebecca Davis O'brien,, 19 Sep. 2022 Through a back channel with his former law clerk Phil Elman, now a lawyer in the Solicitor General’s office, the justice persuaded the Eisenhower administration to express support for gradual desegregation. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2022 Henry Kissinger used to meet regularly with Putin as a back channel. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2022 Presumably, some furtive Christian network or back channel had provided the information. James Wood, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 Abramovich reportedly hasn’t been sanctioned yet by the US because of his role as a potential back channel between Kyiv and Moscow. Casey Michel, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Nixon was relying on Yahya as a back channel to the Chinese. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at the weekend that, to his knowledge, there was a diplomatic back channel between Mr. Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 And moreover, President Kennedy assigned his brother, the Attorney General, Bobby Kennedy, to open up a back channel line of communication through the Soviet ambassador in Washington. CBS News, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 4 Oct. 2022.

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