back·​door | \ ˈbak-ˈdȯr How to pronounce backdoor (audio) \

Definition of backdoor

2 : involving or being a play in basketball in which a player moves behind the defense and toward the basket to receive a quick pass a backdoor layup

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Recent Examples on the Web Johnson smiled and laughed with his colleagues but was clearly caught off guard when the Hall’s president, Dave Baker, entered the stage through a backdoor and gave him the news. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "It’s time for Jerry Jones to put his friction with Jimmy Johnson aside, induct him into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor," 13 Jan. 2020 The Suns scored eight points in the final 38.1 seconds of the quarter as Mikal Bridges had a dunk off a backdoor feed from Rubio to start the 8-0 run. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Booker, Oubre ignite Phoenix Suns in comeback win over Portland Trailblazers in Deandre Ayton's return from injury," 30 Dec. 2019 Resourceful and stubborn, Turner used guerrilla tactics, including a backdoor plea to a sympathetic department head. John Maccormack,, "Tuning in for a Sunday morning Beatles fix," 27 Dec. 2019 Upon arrival, Officer Bailey made contact with the reportee who stated between 7:45 a.m. Nov. 27 and noon Dec. 1, two unknown suspects shattered the first layer of the double pane backdoor glass using an unknown tool. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 9 Dec. 2019 The uncertainty itself is immeasurably small — a blurriness just 100-million-trillionth the width of a proton — but Igor Pikovski, a theorist in Aspelmeyer’s group, has discovered a backdoor route to detecting it. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Eye Quantum-Gravity Interface," 31 Oct. 2013 Justice Department officials have long pushed for some sort of backdoor to permit warranted surveillance and searches of encrypted communications. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Think of the children: FBI sought Interpol statement against end-to-end crypto," 18 Nov. 2019 The Tide would not have to worry about a backdoor entry into the playoff by a non-Clemson ACC winner, as that team at best would have three losses. Mike Rodak |, al, "Who does Alabama need to lose this weekend? The fan rooting guide to Week 14," 29 Nov. 2019 As reinforcement learning is deployed more widely, Li says, this type of backdoor attack could have a big impact. Wired, "Tainted Data Can Teach Algorithms the Wrong Lessons," 25 Nov. 2019

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1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Backdoor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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: done in a secret or indirect way

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