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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His belongings were put into a safe, and his body was taken out the backdoor to Colmar, the nearest city, where the local prosecutor opened an investigation. New York Times, "Sorrow and Questions in a French Village After Anthony Bourdain’s Suicide," 9 June 2018 While trying to escape, Wardlaw allegedly broke the backdoor handle before calling 911 several times. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Burglar breaks into escape room, can't figure out how to escape," 10 July 2018 The script's backdoor code, as Wardle noted, is a recursive Python command-line call with a hard-coded IP address for the connection that uses port 1337—an obvious leetspeak joke. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Really dumb malware targets cryptocurrency fans using Macs," 3 July 2018 Cylon agents hack into the system and add some backdoor algorithms that, at zero-hour, enable the Cylons to disable warships and entire fighter squadrons. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Space Forces From Sci-Fi and What We Can Learn From Them," 6 July 2018 In September, a GitHub user complained one of the images contained a backdoor. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Backdoored images downloaded 5 million times finally removed from Docker Hub," 14 June 2018 Observed one fresh rodent dropping on chemical storage shelf next to three compartment sink, three fresh rodent droppings next to ice machine by backdoor. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Was your restaurant food surrounded by rat poop? If you ate here, it was," 12 July 2018 The full Senate had an opportunity just yesterday to protect the Mueller investigation from the possibility of backdoor interference down the road. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Toothless trade resolution demonstrates Congress’s unwillingness to check Trump," 12 July 2018 Guests will walk through the backdoor herb garden on their way to tour the backyard property which includes four barns and sheds, a privy, a smokehouse, kitchen garden, grape arbor and apple and maple trees. Courant Community, "Community News For The Glastonbury Edition," 10 July 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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