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behind-the-scenes

[ bih-hahynd-thuh-seenz ]
/ bɪˈhaɪnd ðəˈsinz /
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happening or conducted out of view of the general public: The behind-the-scenes preparations made the convention a huge success.
held or kept privately by or among a few key or influential persons: behind-the-scenes negotiations.
occurring backstage: the behind-the-scenes activities of the stage crew.

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Origin of behind-the-scenes

First recorded in 1835–45
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behind the scenes

In secret or private, away from public view, as in His struggle for the top position took place strictly behind the scenes. This term alludes to the various activities that go on behind the curtain in theaters, out of the audience's view. [Late 1700s] Also see behind closed doors.

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