One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Stairs at the back or side of a building.
- ‘He slipped into the alley and up the backstairs.’
- ‘He ran down the backstairs to the pool and into the diner so that none of them will know he had done it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She weaved through a couple occupied tables before clambering up the backstairs to the apartment up above.’
- ‘Sam grabbed her hand and pulled her up the backstairs to his room.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She used the backstairs so she wouldn't see Jared yet.’
- ‘‘And he wonder's why I worry,’ she mumbled a she rushed down the backstairs hoping to surprise the fighting party.’
- ‘Mallory quietly went up the backstairs and stopped in the library facing four huge walls full of all sorts of books.’
- ‘Regardless, I sat outside on the backstairs watching the jackdaws gathering above and the sheep on the mountain opposite.’
- ‘And say, ‘Let's get a hustle on back down backstairs, this wind is about to blow us both overboard!’’
- ‘He sipped the coffee while she went up the backstairs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.