alley

alley
alley1 [al′ē]
n.
pl. alleys [ME aly < OFr alee < aler (Fr aller), to go < ML alare, contr. < L ambulare, to walk: see AMBLE]
1. a lane in a garden or park, bordered by trees or shrubs
2. a narrow street or walk, specif., a lane behind or alongside a row of buildings or between two rows of buildings that face on adjacent streets
3. Baseball the part of the outfield between center field and either left field or right field: also power alley
4. Bowling LANE1 (senses 6a & b)
5. Tennis either of the narrow lanes, on opposite sides of the court, that extend the singles area for playing doubles
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☆ up someone's alley or down someone's alley
Slang suited to someone's tastes or abilities
alley2 [al′ē]
n.
pl. alleys [< ALABASTER, formerly used for marbles]
a fine marble used as the shooter in playing marbles

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  • Alley — Al ley, n.; pl. {Alleys}. [OE. aley, alley, OF. al[ e]e, F. all[ e]e, a going, passage, fr. OE. aler, F. aller, to go; of uncertain origin: cf. Prov. anar, It. andare, Sp. andar.] 1. A narrow passage; especially a walk or passage in a garden or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alley — (n.) mid 14c., passage in a house; open passage between buildings; walkway in a garden, from O.Fr. alee (13c., Mod.Fr. allée) a path, passage, way, corridor, also a going, from fem. of ale, pp. of aler to go, which ultimately may be a contraction …   Etymology dictionary

  • Alley — Al ley, n.; pl. {Alleys}. [A contraction of alabaster, of which it was originally made.] A choice taw or marble. Dickens. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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