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 The industry officials said the lawsuit was a backdoor effort to curtail fossil fuel development and would harm the economy. Lisa Friedman,, 15 June 2022 Sure, Congress found backdoor ways to fund its main provisions, but the symbolism of its fall from the books wasn’t to be missed. Philip Elliott, Time, 16 Mar. 2022 Banks ran backdoor, beating Kentucky guard Kellan Grady to the rim and finishing the layup against a late contest to trim the lead to four. Joel Lorenzi, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2022 With time, perhaps this support could amount to a kind of backdoor NATO membership. The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2022 The Spurs were ahead by four after Poeltl hit Tre Jones for a backdoor layup with 4:06 left. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Mar. 2022 This is a backdoor way of rewarding Big Labor, after pro-union legislation faltered in Congress. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 9 Feb. 2022 Although Valley Girls never happened, Brittany Snow was ultimately cast in the role for a backdoor episode of Gossip Girl, which aired toward the end of season 2 in 2009. Glenn Garner,, 3 Feb. 2022 The November 3 version of the Build Back Better Act has resurrected retirement law changes that will curb high balance accounts and popular wealth building strategies including backdoor Roth IRAs and aftertax 401(k) contributions. Ashlea Ebeling, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of backdoor

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Jun 2022

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“Backdoor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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