through the back door

using secret or dishonest methods to achieve something, and hoping that people do not realize what is happening

They managed to sneak the legislation in through the back door.

Thesaurus: secret, secretive and in secretsynonym
Main entry: back door

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by/through the back door idiom
in an unfair or indirect way

He used his friends to help him get into the civil service by the back door.

Main entry:back dooridiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Through the Back Door — Infobox Film name = Through the Back Door caption = DVD cover director = Alfred E. Green Jack Pickford writer = Gerald C. Duffy Marion Fairfax starring = Mary Pickford Gertrude Astor producer = Mary Pickford distributor = United Artists budget =… …   Wikipedia

  • through the back door — by/through the back door not in a direct, official, or honest way. He accused the government of privatizing the health service through the back door …   New idioms dictionary

  • through the back door — illegally or dishonestly. Bennett had many friends in city government and was known for getting jobs for his friends through the back door …   New idioms dictionary

  • by (or through) the back door — in a clandestine or underhand way. → back door …   English new terms dictionary

  • came in through the back door — did something in an illegal or unauthorized manner …   English contemporary dictionary

  • The Back Door (fiction) — The Back Door was an anonymous work of invasion literature serialised in Hong Kong newspaper The China Mail from 30 September through 8 October 1897.cite journal|url=http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/birs/bir86.htm|journal=Science Fiction… …   Wikipedia

  • by the back door — by/through/the back door phrase using secret or dishonest methods to achieve something, and hoping that people do not realize what is happening They managed to sneak the legislation in through the back door. Thesaurus: secret, secretive and in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • by the back door — by/through the back door not in a direct, official, or honest way. He accused the government of privatizing the health service through the back door …   New idioms dictionary

  • In Through the Out Door — Infobox Album Name = In Through the Out Door Type = studio Artist = Led Zeppelin Released = 15 August 1979 Recorded = November–December 1978 at Polar Studios, Stockholm, Sweden Length = 42:25 Label = Swan Song Producer = Jimmy Page and Peter… …   Wikipedia

  • back door — n 1.) a door at the back or side of a building 2.) get in through the back door to achieve something by having an unfair secret advantage ▪ His father works for the company so he got in through the back door …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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