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Definition of Alley


  1. A narrow passage; especially a walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes; a bordered way.
  2. A narrow passage or way in a city, as distinct from a public street.
  3. A passageway between rows of pews in a church.
  4. Any passage having the entrance represented as wider than the exit, so as to give the appearance of length.
  5. The space between two rows of compositors' stands in a printing office.
  6. A choice taw or marble.

Alley Quotations

Fear can be good when you're walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it's not good when you have a goal and you're fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had success has failed before.
Queen Latifah

The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.
Arthur Conan Doyle

I had really bad obsessive-compulsive disorder. At its worst, I was compelled to leave my house at three o'clock in the morning and go out in the alley because I just knew that the paper-towel roll I threw in the recycling bin was uncomfortable, like it was lying the wrong way, and I would be down in the garbage.
Fiona Apple

It's got to be the ballot or the bullet. The ballot or the bullet. If you're afraid to use an expression like that, you should get back in the cotton patch, you should get back in the alley.
Malcolm X

Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.
Martin Mull
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Alley Translations

alley in Dutch is steeg
alley in French is ruelle
alley in German is Gasse, Weg, Allee {f}, Bahn, Pfad
alley in Italian is viuzza, vicolo
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