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back doornoun

[C] a ​door at the back or ​side of a ​building, or at the back of a ​vehicle: There's someone at the back ​door. He ​opened the back ​door and ​gestured for her to get into the ​car. [S] used to refer to an ​indirect way of ​achieving something, ​especially so that ​people do not ​know about it and so cannot ​object to it: HMI is to be ​privatised by the back ​door because the ​half of HMI who will not be ​employed by it will have to go and set up as ​privateconsultants. The ​datacollectionexercise was ​designed to open the back ​door to an ​energyconsumptiontax on ​homeowners.
(Definition of back door from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “back door”
in Chinese (Simplified) 后门的, 私下的,秘密的, 不诚实的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 後門的, 私下的, 秘密的…
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