Definition of back alley in English:

back alley

Syllabification: back al·ley

noun

  • A narrow passage behind or between buildings.
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    • 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

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  • Secret or illegal, as might be found in a back alley: a back-alley drug deal
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    • 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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