Definition of backstreet in English:

backstreet

noun

  • A minor street remote from a main road.

    as modifier ‘a backstreet garage’
    ‘the fetid backstreets of the shanty town’
    • ‘She floated through the maze of alleys and backstreets, craning her neck, her eyes searching.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Use of the bollard should be limited to enforcing timed restrictions on city centre roads and to very specific cases where small backstreets are made unsafe by rat-running.’
    • ‘We left the park and walked back via backstreets to the hotel.’
    • ‘Still, I enjoyed our jaunt through the backstreets of Brighton with a bottle of wine in each hand, as we made our way on foot from the multi-storey car park a quarter of a mile away.’
    • ‘Police in Lisbon have also been supplied with 100 new marked patrol cars and 70 scooters, ideal for speeding through the city's tight backstreets.’
    • ‘It's got brilliant little backstreets and candy lanes of bars in attics and basements around Plaza Nueva.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We had to maneuver for hours, trying different fruitless backstreets, before breaking onto open highway.’
    • ‘I found it depressing to think of all those kids stuck, bored, in some dismal backstreet pub in London or Leysdown whilst their uninterested parents booze away hundreds of pounds.’
    • ‘Then they burst from the backstreets and the alleyway onto a large empty thoroughfare.’
    • ‘Tree-lined boulevards dotted with pavement cafes and small boutiques characterise this atypical Tokyo quarter, and a maze of alleyways and backstreets happily interrupts the city's otherwise ubiquitous grid pattern.’
    • ‘We drove through the dusty backstreets of Dangriga until we pulled up outside a sun-bleached wooden house on stilts.’
    • ‘Just 20 lads are causing mayhem stealing hundreds of cars, tearing round estate roads and then dumping the vehicles on backstreets.’
    • ‘Instead of giving me worn phrases I could find in travel brochures, why can't she write about the culture, the people, and backstreet nooks and crannies that elude most tourists?’
    • ‘However, that made her even more surprised when, only a few exits later, the car turned back off the thruway and into a maze of backstreets and alleys.’
    • ‘I walk the backstreets and gravelly car-parks for at least half an hour and fail to find a single game in progress.’
    • ‘We set off through the illuminated streets of nighttime London, round Hyde Park Corner, up Piccadilly and through the backstreets of Mayfair.’
    • ‘But also - by wandering through the lesser-known quarters, backstreets and countless minor markets - you will get a sense of the living city too.’
    • ‘He said people were comparing prices at top hotels in Ireland with backstreet bars in Spain and they wanted to achieve lower prices by slashing the minimum wage and raising taxes.’

adjective

  • attributive Operating or performed secretly, and typically illegally.

    ‘a loophole that allowed backstreet chemists to make methamphetamine’

Pronunciation

backstreet

/ˈbækstrit//ˈbakstrēt/