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Idioms

back door

the back door

Meaning

  • to take indirect or unofficial route to get something done
  • to be dishonest in order to do something which is either of meaning or value
  • could literally refer to a back door of a building

Example Sentences

  1. The agency was given to him because he slid into the contract through the back door.
  2. She thinks that as long as the purpose is true, using the back-door to achieve it is absolutely fine.
  3. My mother would never use the backdoor because she would always prefer to be upfront and straightforward about everything.
  4. Some people might find the back-door more useful than going through all the bureaucratic procedures of a government office.
  5. A company can use backdoor listing if they are not able to go public by themselves. Although this method of getting public funds do not guarantee success.
  6. I can through the back door because you did not answer the front door.

Origin

To take the back door has the origination in political parlance since this field is considered dicey in having everything out in the open. To back bite and change allegiances, political party leaders would often have to use the back doors, literally. Its literary use is not known though but most probably originated in 1520-30.

The back door is alternative used to write as “backdoor” and “back-door”.

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