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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: alee, from aler 'to go', from Latin ambulare; AMBLE

alley

noun
     
al‧ley also alleyway [countable]
1 a narrow street between or behind buildings, not usually used by cars:
The alley led to the railway bridge.
She found the side alley where the stage door was located.
2

right up/down somebody's alley

very suitable for someone:
The job sounds right up your alley.

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