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al•ley



Pronunciation: (al'ē), [key]
n.,
pl. -leys.

1. a passage, as through a continuous row of houses, permitting access from the street to backyards, garages, etc.
2. a narrow back street.
3. a walk, as in a garden, enclosed with hedges or shrubbery.
4. Bowling.
a. a long, narrow, wooden lane or floor along which the ball is rolled.
b. (often pl.) a building for bowling.
c. See bowling green.
5. Tennis.the space on each side of a tennis court between the doubles sideline and the service or singles sideline.
6. Rare.an aisle.
7. up or down one's alley, Informal.in keeping with or satisfying one's abilities, interests, or tastes: If you like science fiction, this book will be right up your alley.

al•ley



Pronunciation: (al'ē), [key]
n.,
pl. -leys.
Chiefly Northeastern U.S.
a choice, large playing marble.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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