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 Prosecutor Matthew Frank said the defense was simply looking for a backdoor way to portray Floyd as a bad person, and the only relevant issue in Floyd's death is how he was treated by police. CBS News, "Watch Live: Judge expected to decide whether to delay or move Derek Chauvin trial," 19 Mar. 2021 Prosecutor Matthew Frank had argued that the defense was simply looking for a backdoor way to portray Floyd as a bad person, and the only relevant issue in Floyd's death is how he was treated by police. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Judge won't delay Derek Chauvin trial, rules certain evidence from Floyd's 2019 arrest is allowed," 19 Mar. 2021 But Prosecutor Matthew Frank argued that evidence was prejudicial, and suggested the defense wanted to admit it as a backdoor way of depicting Floyd as a bad person. Steve Karnowski And Amy Forliti,, "Derek Chauvin trial: Defense wants jury to hear about earlier George Floyd arrest," 16 Mar. 2021 Hopkins was basically a step slow on most slides and the Blue Jays got caught ball watching several times on give-and-go or backdoor plays. Mike Preston,, "Strong third quarter leads Terps to rout of Johns Hopkins in men’s lacrosse, 18-10," 6 Mar. 2021 Many Republicans in Congress oppose statehood for Puerto Rico, calling it a backdoor way to elect more Democrats to Congress. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Puerto Rico statehood bill gets bipartisan push," 2 Mar. 2021 In the meantime, Cuellar is in backdoor talks with the Biden administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency that manages the nation’s borders, to reach an agreement on how the remainder of the money will be spent. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Top Democrat aims to use funds for the wall to deter illegal immigration by other means," 18 Feb. 2021 McLaughlin scored a backdoor goal on a pass from Walker, and Sorensen took advantage when a bad line change left the Badgers outmanned. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, "Gophers get right back to winning in men's hockey," 11 Jan. 2021 And the touchdown probably wouldn’t have achieved much more than a backdoor cover. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football grades: Defense and coaching get high marks vs. Rutgers," 1 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of backdoor

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Backdoor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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: done in a secret or indirect way

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