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

Examples of backdoor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The University of Arkansas (3-6, 1-5 SEC) endured a gut-wrenching stretch of six consecutive losses — five by a touchdown or less — and now hopes to capitalize on an upset win last week at Florida, the first in program history, to achieve a backdoor postseason bid. Tom Murphy,, 11 Nov. 2023 That move angered the opposition, which saw the effort as a backdoor effort to enact part of the judicial overhaul without social consensus. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 14 June 2023 Additionally, usury caps on auto loans need to be strictly enforced, and the backdoor loopholes to debtors’ prisons should be closed. Jack McCordick, The New Republic, 13 Sep. 2023 Mostly cloudy skies develop for a time as a backdoor cold front (moving from north to south; not west to east) slowly lowers our humidity and temperatures. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2023 Punchy’s stealth route into Northeast Ohio’s metropolis relied on a backdoor strategy, Gerhard added. John H. Tucker, cleveland, 14 July 2023 Pederson said that there was a backdoor front, which is when northeast winds come off the ocean, between noon and 1 p.m. which caused wind gusts to jump from five to 14 miles-per-hour. Adam Sennott,, 15 Apr. 2023 Opponents such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, and the Human Rights Campaign have been vocal opponents of this trend, criticizing it as a backdoor way to restrict the rights of women, LGBTQ+ community members, and other individuals. Carly Graf, USA TODAY, 31 July 2023 Opponents call it a backdoor attempt to make college free. Collin Binkley,, 31 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of backdoor was in 1805

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“Backdoor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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