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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Many of her buckets came on backdoor cuts after the Gamecocks left her to double-team her bigger teammates. Joedy Mccreary, The Seattle Times, "Baylor beats South Carolina 93-68, returns to Elite 8," 30 Mar. 2019 Lessons on arm slots and high leg kicks and backdoor sliders came later. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Justus Sheffield found his competitive spirit early, and now it’s driving him toward a Mariners call-up," 13 Apr. 2019 Is Kerry conducting backdoor diplomacy, at the expense of U.S. foreign policy? Fox News, "Rep. Devin Nunes: Need to declassify Russia documents before election," 16 Sep. 2018 The president ultimately bypassed the Senate and appointed Bolton as ambassador in August 2005 through a backdoor procedure known as a recess appointment., "Seven John Bolton policy views you should know about," 23 Mar. 2018 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

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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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