Definitions for back street
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a street apart from the main or business area of a town. Cf. side street.
Origin of back street:
taking place in secrecy and often illegally:
backstreet political maneuvering.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of backstreet:
alley, alleyway, back street(noun)
a narrow street with walls on both sides
A usually small and narrow street or alley, especially one in inferior or poorer parts of a city, away from the centre.
A secret, clandestine or illegal scene.