back channel


: a secret, unofficial, or irregular means of communication
back-channel adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Even after their release had been secured through back channel Saudi Arabian negotiators, their most harrowing moments came at the end of captivity, the former prisoners said. David K. Li, NBC News, 13 Oct. 2022 According to the indictment, in May 2016, Barrack agreed to serve as a back channel between the Emiratis and the Trump campaign. Rebecca Davis O'brien,, 19 Sep. 2022 Through a back channel with his former law clerk Phil Elman, now a lawyer in the Solicitor General’s office, the justice persuaded the Eisenhower administration to express support for gradual desegregation. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2022 Henry Kissinger used to meet regularly with Putin as a back channel. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2022 Presumably, some furtive Christian network or back channel had provided the information. James Wood, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 Abramovich reportedly hasn’t been sanctioned yet by the US because of his role as a potential back channel between Kyiv and Moscow. Casey Michel, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Nixon was relying on Yahya as a back channel to the Chinese. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at the weekend that, to his knowledge, there was a diplomatic back channel between Mr. Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of back channel was in 1975

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Cite this Entry

“Back channel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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