1) ADJ: ADJ n (disapproval) You can use backdoor to describe an action or process if you disapprove of it because you think it has been done in a secret, indirect, or dishonest way.

He did the backdoor deals that allowed the government to get its budget through Parliament on time...

He brushed aside talk of greedy MPs voting themselves a backdoor pay rise.

2) N-SING: the N, usu prep N (disapproval) If you say that someone is doing something through or by the backdoor, you disapprove of them because they are doing it in a secret, indirect, or dishonest way.

Dentists claim the Government is privatising dentistry through the back door.

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