back-alley

adjective
back-al·ley

Definition of back-alley 

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

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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First Known Use of back-alley

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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