1. stairs at the back of a house, as for use by servants.
2. a means of intrigue.
Pronunciation: (bak'stârz'), [key]
1. associated or originating with household servants.
2. secret, underhanded, or scandalous: backstairs gossip. Also,back'stair'.
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