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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The first known use of back-alley was in 1894

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“Back-alley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/back-alley. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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