Definition of back alley in English:

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back alley

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noun

A narrow passage behind or between buildings.
Example sentences
  • Once in the city, she got lost immediately in the maze of back alleys and narrow lanes.
  • Steve's is not the first complaint I have received about unwanted rubbish being left in the back alleys behind terraced homes.
  • In this city the citizens run madly, ignoring the back alleys, tunnels and buildings of yesterday.

adjective

[attributive]
Secret or illegal, as might be found in a back alley: a back-alley drug deal
More example sentences
  • Sadly, too many of them turn to back alley silicone.
  • ‘But for that to happen a lot of women would have to start dying from back alley abortions,’ said another.
  • Both of them said that they'd never have an abortion, but they don't want to go back to the days of back alley abortions and women dying.

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Syllabification: back al·ley

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