adjective back–al·ley

Definition of back–alley

  1. 1 :  having a mean, furtive, or squalid character or air back-alley gossip

  2. 2 :  done secretly and illegally by someone using crude and dangerous methods … postabortion distress (often caused by back-alley operations). — Marguerite Holloway, Scientific American, April 2001

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