Definition of backstreet in English:

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backstreet

Pronunciation: /ˈbakstrēt/

noun

A minor street remote from a main road: the fetid backstreets of the shanty town [as modifier]: a backstreet garage
More example sentences
  • But also - by wandering through the lesser-known quarters, backstreets and countless minor markets - you will get a sense of the living city too.
  • It sounded as remarkable in person as it did on the day I had it playing on my discman, walking through the backstreets of Berlin looking for the studio in which it was recorded.
  • Turn right out of Gare du Nord and it's only a short walk through the backstreets to Montmartre, a bohemian hill with spectacular views across the city.

adjective

[attributive]
Operating or performed secretly, and typically illegally: a loophole that allowed backstreet chemists to make methamphetamine
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  • However the use of illegal backstreet operations to remove the tumours is being slammed by the local authorities.
  • Unemployment at 70% is exacerbating poverty, prostitution, backstreet abortion and honour killing.
  • And some women died from backstreet abortions.
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