back channel


Definition of back channel

: a secret, unofficial, or irregular means of communication

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

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This type of immediate agreement, preemptively negotiated through back channels, has become standard practice in recent years. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "NBA free agency rules could change," 10 July 2019 But never mind all that given Washington Post reporter Greg Miller’s deft and sharp storytelling in fleshing out secret back channels, cyber-espionage, and corrupt officials on both sides—and that’s just in the opening pages. Rachel King, Fortune, "9 Nonfiction Page-Turners to Bring to the Beach This Summer," 22 June 2019 No one predicted, when the dam was built in 1937, that the widening pool of water behind the dam would amplify wind speeds, creating waves that ate away sandy islands and erased wildlife-rich back channels. Tristan Baurick,, "Reshaping the Mississippi is unraveling wildlife habitat: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 Without a two-way cable network, a standard analog modem must be used as a back channel. Popular Mechanics, "The Death of the Internet," 7 Feb. 2019 Oman has long served as a bridge between countries in the region, including as a back channel between the U.S. and Iran ahead of talks that led to the 2015 nuclear deal. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Israeli Leader Visits Oman’s Ruler in Sign of Improving Relations," 26 Oct. 2018 Documents show Simpson and Steele used Ohr as a back channel to get the dossier to the FBI in 2016 before and after the election. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "House Republicans vote to release Russia probe transcripts, plan subpoena for Fusion GPS co-founder," 28 Sep. 2018 The financier, Gabriel Schulze, explained that a top North Korean official was seeking a back channel to explore a meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, who for months had traded threats of military confrontation. Mark Mazzetti,, "Financier worked to open a channel between Kushner and North Korea," 17 June 2018 Now, the president’s attorney does not restrict his pardon offers to back channels, nor feel compelled to deny such unseemly machinations in public. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Giuliani: Trump Might Need to ‘Clean Up’ Mueller Probe With Pardons," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of back channel

1975, in the meaning defined above

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