a party-passage


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I found this expression in 'Gently Through the Mill' by Alan Hunter:

It [the house] was no different from the others, about twelve feet of frontage. Beside it a party-passage led into the
backyards. Many years ago all Spooner Street had been decorated in reddish-brown.

Any ideas as to what it might mean?
  • sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I believe it means that the passage was shared: it gave access to various backyards. It reminds me of long ago, when there were "party lines" in the phone system: lines that were shared.
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