behind the scenes

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  • IPA(key): /bɪˈhaɪnd ðə siːnz/, /bəˈhaɪnd ðə siːnz/
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Prepositional phrase[edit]

behind the scenes

  1. (idiomatic, theater, film) behind the scenery and stage area; backstage; among the actors; during the production or rehearsal
    Many videos come with features that show what went on behind the scenes to make the movie and special effects.
  2. (idiomatic, figurative) In secret; out of public view.
    The government has been negotiating behind the scenes with the separatists for months.



behind the scenes (not comparable)

  1. Being or working out in secret or out of public view.
  2. Divulging or reporting hidden workings.