back·​door | \ ˈbak-ˈdȯr \

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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Although local media described the measures as a backdoor way to ban Huawei, government officials said the changes weren’t directed at any particular country. Mayumi Negishi, WSJ, "Huawei’s Top Customer in Japan Reassesses Ties," 11 Dec. 2018 Allegedly, these hardware manipulations allowed the Chinese government backdoor access into computer networks run on those servers. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for Bloomberg to retract Chinese spy chip report," 19 Oct. 2018 Early rumors suggested that Sabrina would appear on Riverdale first by way of a backdoor pilot. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Everything You Need to Know," 13 Aug. 2018 No malicious hardware was found in the audit, and no beacons or other network transmissions that would be indicative of a backdoor were detected in testing. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Audit: No Chinese surveillance implants in Supermicro boards found," 11 Dec. 2018 The first movie focuses on Bob’s misery at being stuck with an office job and his excitement at being offered a backdoor route back into thrilling superhero fights and a glam hero lifestyle. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "With Incredibles 2, Pixar moves away from complicated emotions," 15 June 2018 Employers have been turning to backdoor routes such as the trainees or students who are allowed to work up to 28 hours a week. Peter Landers, WSJ, "Japan to Expand Program to Bring in Foreign Workers," 12 Apr. 2018 Arsenal have failed to challenge for the Premier League title again under Wenger's guidance, and only have the Europa League left as both a trophy to win and a backdoor route into UEFA's club continental tournament for the 2018/19 campaign., "Report Claims Nice Boss Is Front Runner for Arsenal Job if Arsene Wenger Is Sacked," 6 Apr. 2018 Along the way, this backdoor process has been abetted by Republican complacency, with the Affordable Clean Energy rule being just the latest example. Paul H. Tice, WSJ, "Trump’s Half-Measures Won’t Save the Coal Industry," 16 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of backdoor

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of backdoor

: done in a secret or indirect way

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