There are 2 definitions of alley in English:

alley1

Syllabification: al·ley
Pronunciation: /ˈalē
 
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noun (plural alleys)

  • 1A narrow passageway between or behind buildings.
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    • As you walk along narrow alleys, there is a chance that you will see a door and behind it a gondola, or a harpsichord, a fresco or a baroque orchestra rehearsing for an evening concert.
    • In the shadows of the fine buildings where they work, in the lanes and alleys behind the great houses of the wealthy, is another more dangerous city.
    • Away from boulevards and cafes, away from lights and crowds, he lived among the narrow, twisting alleys.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1A path lined with trees, bushes, or stones. Compare with allée.
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    • Down an alley lined with trees, shadowy even in the summer heat, stood a little white villa amid a wild garden.
    • The route is a fascinating medley of cobbled paths, alleys, fortified walls, and gardens.
    • Driving out I passed through rolling land with farms and forests and so many alleys of trees.
  • 1.2 [with modifier] A long, narrow area in which games such as bowling are played.
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    • The daytime activities are free and there will be something for everyone including a mobile skittle alley and a bouncy castle.
    • I couldn't find the old skittle alley, but thankfully they still have a bar.
    • The club offers live music and cabaret acts, a bar, a skittle alley, a function room seating more than 100 people, and various other attractions.
  • 1.3 Tennis , North American Either of the two areas of the court between the doubles sideline and the singles or service sideline.
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    • He is just following the tread marks and signs on the tennis alley.
    • At 4.5 feet, it is exactly the width of a tennis alley.
  • 1.4 Baseball The area between the outfielders in left center or right center field.
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    • In Wrigley Field, the alley in right-center is a more forgiving 368 feet.
    • The Giants need to push back the power alleys, especially in right field -- the one point that juts out to 420 feet doesn't count.
    • The 315-foot left field line and short alleys have turned Houston baseball into a nightly slugging contest.

Phrases

(right) up one's alley

informal Well suited to one’s tastes, interests, or abilities: this job would be right up your alley
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  • This kind of issue is right up her alley, so you should really check it out and see insights she has for you.
  • But, by the time Angelina was 11, she had realized that acting was right up her alley, too.
  • As a broadcasting and graphics design double major the underwriting position is right up his alley.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French alee 'walking or passage', from aler 'go', from Latin ambulare 'to walk'.

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There are 2 definitions of alley in English:

alley2

Syllabification: al·ley
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈalē/
(also ally)

noun (plural alleys)

  • A toy marble made of marble, alabaster, or glass.
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    • To shoot correctly you held the marble between the thumb and forefinger and by flicking the thumb you propelled the alley forward, at great speed.
    • It became a game to find treasures for the box: an imitation pearl brooch the next summer, a cat's eye alley marble added the year I was nine, a few copper coins and a string of Indian beads when I was ten or eleven.

Origin

early 18th century: perhaps a diminutive of alabaster.

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