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alley

1
2. Tennis chiefly US the space between the singles and doubles sidelines

alley

2
a large playing marble
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Alley

A passageway providing access to a rear yard or central courtyard.
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What does it mean when you dream about an alley?

An alleyway may simply be one form of the symbol of the path, which indicates seeking, transformation, and the transition from one stage of life to another. Alleys have certain other connotations, however, such as that of a shortcut, a sidetrack, or a dead end. Alleys also convey a sense of being narrow and limited, therefore requiring that they be followed closely. In contemporary society, alleyways often have sinister connotations as a location where one might be attacked. As with all dream symbols, the tone and setting of the dream determine which meaning is indicated.

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alley

1. A service way providing a secondary public means of access to abutting properties; a narrow passageway between or behind buildings, sometimes permitting traffic for only one lane of cars.
2. A garden walk between rows of trees; an allée.
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References in classic literature ?
Then, again, whom was he waiting for that night, and why was he waiting for him in the yew alley rather than in his own house?"
And so he dragged himself to the ENQUIRER alley, sick in body and soul, but learning the long patience, to confront his eternal enemy, Cheese-Face, who was just as sick as he, and just a bit willing to quit if it were not for the gang of newsboys that looked on and made pride painful and necessary.
Came the day when he dragged himself into the ENQUIRER alley, and there was no Cheese-Face.
de Beaufort, broke the seal, and began to read, while walking about in the first steel-chill rays of dawn, in the dark alley of old limes, marked by the still visible footsteps of the comte who had just died.
The work of groups like Alley Pals, Saltersgill 88 and Middlesbrough Food Forest is not going unnoticed and is now inspiring others to green-up their alleys, backyards and public spaces.
The back alleys hidden in an old section of the city still keep some of the city's authentic elements that set the city apart from other modern cities in the country, and therefore it's worth taking a guided tour of the city's old communities.
Bowling alleys are a dream for families and businesses.
The word "alley" comes from an old French word for "walking," and in older cities, that's just how alleys were used.
We carry nostalgic memories of tossing baseballs, riding bikes and burning leaves in our childhood alley. Such is the intrinsic value of small-town Arkansas alleys.
Presently, much of the city's rainwater falls on alleys and streets, where it becomes polluted before flowing through the city's storm sewers to creeks and rivers.
Owen Martin Rumney, Cardiff | REGARDING the pros and cons of alley gating ("Are gates key to unpicking alleys crime?" November 20), can anyone imagine the hell of living alongside an ungated alley?
Which of the four alleys is east of the Appalachians?