noun, often attributive
back·street | \ˈbak-ˈstrēt \

Definition of backstreet 

: a street away from the main thoroughfares

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But contrary to popular perception, violations do not occur only on dingy backstreets. The Economist, "British employers find it surprisingly easy to flout labour law," 13 June 2018 Sebastián Hidalgo Children in color-coded aprons stream in and out of a building on a backstreet in Woodlawn. Sebastián Hidalgo, Chicago Reader, "How Woodlawn kids are learning to fix bikes—and become leaders," 21 June 2018 On one of Islington’s backstreets sits 69 Colebrooke Row, an intimate (read: tiny) speakeasy-style bar for excellent experimental cocktails from master mixologist Tony Conigliaro. Tom Marchant, Harper's BAZAAR, "103 Things to Do, See, Eat and Shop in London," 7 Dec. 2017 Rather, the quiet industrial backstreet runs beside a row of warehouses near a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. yard. San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco’s auto burglary hot spots," 17 Mar. 2018 Instead of risking dangerous backstreet abortions, some women have babies in secret and then dump them. The Economist, "Legal yet uneasyWhy South African women are opting for clandestine abortions," 1 Feb. 2018 Intercut with Khuddoos’ progressive paranoia is a parallel tale about two boys who are bosom buddies and who prowl the backstreets together. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'In the Shadows' ('Gali Guliyan'): Film Review | Mumbai 2017," 23 Oct. 2017 Restaurants dotting the main drags and backstreets cover a huge number of global cuisines. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis restaurants you should try that you haven't," 28 Sep. 2017 The artists' homes, mostly rustic, one-story structures painted white and oxblood, are scattered on backstreets or throughout the surrounding woodlands. Gisela Williams, Smithsonian, "How This Tiny Town Drew World-Class Artists Into the Forests of Finland," 10 Aug. 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a street that is away from the main streets

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