One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Stairs at the back or side of a building.
- ‘The handrail was highly polished and unlike the dark and narrow backstairs there was no squeaky stair, no stair you had to avoid for fear your foot would fall through.’
- ‘The voices emanate from the kitchen, at first, but soon she hears the sound of feet running up the backstairs - closely followed by set of heavier footsteps.’
- ‘Places (we often called them that instead of farms) that I knew about all had either stairs or backstairs to the servants quarters, so I was quite surprised to see that at Beamish ladders had been the order of the day.’
- ‘I suddenly heard scuffling about down the hall, so I proceeded carefully down to the small chapel down the hall, near the backstairs that led down to the kitchen.’
- ‘‘And he wonder's why I worry,’ she mumbled a she rushed down the backstairs hoping to surprise the fighting party.’
- ‘Sam grabbed her hand and pulled her up the backstairs to his room.’
- ‘He sipped the coffee while she went up the backstairs.’
- ‘She weaved through a couple occupied tables before clambering up the backstairs to the apartment up above.’
- ‘Just prior to the formal tour I led an unofficial tour of random colleagues from assorted units on a wild goose chase round the backstairs.’
- ‘Regardless, I sat outside on the backstairs watching the jackdaws gathering above and the sheep on the mountain opposite.’
- ‘He slipped into the alley and up the backstairs.’
- ‘She used the backstairs so she wouldn't see Jared yet.’
- ‘Mallory quietly went up the backstairs and stopped in the library facing four huge walls full of all sorts of books.’
- ‘He ran down the backstairs to the pool and into the diner so that none of them will know he had done it.’
- ‘And say, ‘Let's get a hustle on back down backstairs, this wind is about to blow us both overboard!’’
attributive Underhanded or clandestine.‘I won't make backstairs deals with politicians’deceitful, underhanded, dishonest, dishonourable, disreputable, unethical, unprincipled, immoral, unscrupulous, fraudulent, cheating, dubious, dirty, unfair, treacherous, duplicitous, double-dealing, below the belt, two-timing, two-faced, janus-faced, unsporting, unsportsmanlikeView synonyms
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