Ally vs. alley

This is an alley. (Google Images)

This is an alley. (Google Images)

I’ve seen ally and alley mixed up a number of times in recent months. I would hope that any of you reading this would know the differences, but just in case:

An ally is either “a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some common cause or purpose” (noun) or “to unite formally, as by treaty, league, marriage,¬†or the like” (verb).

An alley, however, is “a passage,such¬†as through a continuous row of houses, permitting access from the street to backyards, garages, etc.”

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