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 goal came off a pass from Jason Robertson towards the goalmouth that Mattias Janmark backhanded to Seguin on the backdoor. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Tyler Seguin’s 17-game goal drought ends with a game-winner in his hometown," 14 Feb. 2020 In May of 2018, FireEye took a closer look at that VBS backdoor, specifically a command-and-control server based in Bulgaria that Sandworm had apparently used to communicate with it. Wired, "Here's the Evidence That Links Russia’s Most Brazen Cyberattacks," 15 Nov. 2019 Terrence Davis broke the Pacers in the fourth quarter of their 115-106 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 7 by cutting backdoor to get offensive putbacks. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Doesn't appear Victor Oladipo will play when Indiana Pacers meet Toronto Raptors," 22 Feb. 2020 Traditionalists saw the proposal as a backdoor move by which progressives would engineer an eventual end to mandatory celibacy worldwide. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, "“The Two Popes” Gives Way to Pope vs. Pope on the Issue of Celibacy in the Priesthood," 2 Feb. 2020 But some local officials believe the backdoor efforts to curtail single-family zoning will spark a backlash, especially as state officials continue to take aim at local housing development regulations. Los Angeles Times, "How lawmakers are upending the California lifestyle to fight a housing shortage," 10 Oct. 2019 Johnson smiled and laughed with his colleagues but was clearly caught off guard when the Hall’s president, Dave Baker, entered the stage through a backdoor and gave him the news. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "It’s time for Jerry Jones to put his friction with Jimmy Johnson aside, induct him into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor," 13 Jan. 2020 The Suns scored eight points in the final 38.1 seconds of the quarter as Mikal Bridges had a dunk off a backdoor feed from Rubio to start the 8-0 run. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Booker, Oubre ignite Phoenix Suns in comeback win over Portland Trailblazers in Deandre Ayton's return from injury," 30 Dec. 2019 Resourceful and stubborn, Turner used guerrilla tactics, including a backdoor plea to a sympathetic department head. John Maccormack,, "Tuning in for a Sunday morning Beatles fix," 27 Dec. 2019

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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 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of backdoor

: done in a secret or indirect way

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