or back sto·ry
[ bak-stawr-ee, ‐stohr-ee ]
/ ˈbækˌstɔr i, ‐ˌstoʊr i /
noun, plural back·sto·ries.
a narrative providing a history or background context, especially for a character or situation in a literary work, film, or dramatic series.
Does The Story Behind The Word “Hip-Hop” Go Back To The Nineteenth Century?Thirty-two years ago, Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins, who was a member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, was teasing a friend. The friend had just signed up to serve in the U.S. Army. Cowboy was mimicking the rhythm of marching soldiers by scat singing “hip hop hip hop.” He later used the phrase in a performance. Then the name began to be used by disco …
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British Dictionary definitions for back story
the events which take place before, and which help to bring about, the events portrayed in a film
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Word Origin and History for back story
c.1990, from background story.
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