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Back Door

1. In business, a slang term describing something unethical. It may also describe the action of circumventing a problem in an unusual (but still ethical) way.

2. Any way to access a computer system other than logging in or using "normal" channels. Programmers often put back doors into their programs, or a hacker may create one.

3. See: Back-Door Listing.

back door

the informal mechanism whereby the BANK OF ENGLAND buys back previously issued TREASURY BILLS in the DISCOUNT MARKET at their ruling market price in order to release money to help the DISCOUNT HOUSES overcome temporary liquidity shortages. This is done as a means of increasing the liquid funds available not only to the discount houses themselves but also to the COMMERCIAL BANKS at prevailing interest rates to enable them to maintain their lending. Compare FRONT DOOR.
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I've had this trapdoor carbine longer than any other gun in the vault, so at this stage in my life it's doubtful it will ever be sold or traded.
If they are not sure, they can spread cash across the trapdoors.
When that was done, Molly was placed up on a rack and the trapdoor was spread with a layer of fiberglass and epoxy to seal it shut again.
Much to your chagrin, you fall through the trapdoor of never-used warranties that have milked you for thousands of your hard-earned dollars.
In addition to constructing a thin trapdoor, members of this species construct a hard, spherical plug or marble from soil particles held together with silk.
It's named for its hinged chest plate, which closes like a trapdoor when it senses a threat.
In her book, Reflections in the Light, Shakti Gawain writes, 'We expect to hit bottom, but instead we fall through a trapdoor into a bright new world.
23, 1976; the ashes of longtime patron Phil Kennedy; a letter from Joan Crawford on her personal stationery; a trapdoor to 55th Street used during Prohibition as a way to get buckets full of beer through; and a backlit sign from a Brooklyn-Queens subway train.
In the plan Sir Alexander discusses with Trapdoor, he imagines that the precious objects he offers Moll will appeal to her consumer sensibility
45-70 hunting cartridge should not be used in the Trapdoor Springfield or in lever-action rifles or carbines of lower receiver strength.
They demolished the stairways connecting the building's first and second floors, and also pushed debris over a trapdoor leading to a buried school bus, whose exit opened to the fresh air outside.
Independent game developer Trapdoor and EA Partners, a division of Electronic Arts Inc.