noun, often attributive
back·​street | \ ˈbak-ˈstrēt How to pronounce backstreet (audio) \

Definition of backstreet

: a street away from the main thoroughfares

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Recent Examples on the Web For our coronavirus tracker and more coverage, see our hub BANGLADESH WENT into lockdown on March 26th, but that didn’t stop Zohirul from taking his bicycle rickshaw out onto the backstreets of Dhaka, the capital, a couple of times. The Economist, "Hunger strike Asia’s workers can’t afford to stay at home," 16 Apr. 2020 The world’s most successful boy band make perfect posterboys for the new Korea IN A SMALL restaurant in a quiet backstreet in Seoul’s Gangnam district, the walls and part of the ceiling are covered in posters, postcards and key rings. The Economist, "Beyond K-pop K-pop is changing, too," 7 Apr. 2020 Director Ceyda Torun uses modern technology — infrared GoPro cameras — to capture a cat's-eye view, though the humans who care for these little sunbathers and backstreet scrappers tend to resonate nearly as much as their feline counterparts. Leah Greenblatt,, "Love animals? Hate Tiger King? Here are five documentaries to watch," 6 Apr. 2020 Walk down Omoide-yokocho (Memory Lane), a snaking backstreet just west of the tracks. Brandon Presser, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Essential Guide to Shinjuku, Tokyo's Busiest Neighborhood," 17 Mar. 2020 As a writer and director Mr. Sollima is known for a gritty realism that captures the neon glitter, concrete and shadowy backstreets of cities. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "In ‘ZeroZeroZero,’ A Gritty and Global View on the Drug Trade," 2 Mar. 2020 That sometimes pushes women to seek out backstreet clinicians, with all of the risk that brings. The Economist, "Malta is the last EU country to have a full ban on abortion," 27 July 2019 On Easter Monday, Lyra and Canning’s friends walked through the city to the backstreet offices of Saoradh. Susan Mckay, The New Yorker, "The Incredible Life and Tragic Death of Lyra McKee," 26 July 2019 Islamic Museum of Australia Tucked into the industrial backstreets of one of Melbourne’s northern suburbs, the Islamic Museum of Australia aims to promote cultural diversity. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in Melbourne," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of backstreet

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Backstreet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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: a street that is away from the main streets

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