backstairs backstairs  /ˈbæk ˌstɛrz/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a second staircase at the rear of a building
  2. (adj) secret and sly or sordid

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Leger worked in a semisecret office up a backstairs in the Quai d'Orsay.
  2. It also has a broader backstairs to Broadway.
  3. Of those below Zhdanov, his most serious rival is Georgi Malenkov, 44, a brilliant backstairs intriguer.

News

  1. MOVIES: Daniels' 'The Butler' doesn't quite get the job done

    Occasionally moving, sweeping in ambition yet often haphazard in execution, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is an epic that more closely resembles a made-for-TV movie or miniseries, albeit one from the high-minded heyday of TV movies, the 1970s. Think “Backstairs at the White House,” if your memory goes that far back.
    on August 15, 2013     Source: The Kitsap Sun

  2. 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' review: Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker star in White House epic

    Occasionally moving, sweeping in ambition yet often haphazard in execution, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" is an epic that more closely resembles a made-for-TV movie or miniseries, albeit one from the high-minded heyday of TV movies, the '70s. Think "Backstairs at the White House," if your memory goes that far back.
    on August 15, 2013     Source: Zap2It

Quotes

  • The reports were "the backstairs methods" aimed, perhaps, at causing a quarrel between Iran and Russia, Lavrov pointed out.
    on Mar 22, 2007 By: Sergey Lavrov Source: Kommersant

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