in secret or in private: Unbeknownst to most people, the group manipulated the survey results from behind the scenes.
in a part of a show, production, organization, etc., that is not visible to the public; backstage: Have you ever wondered what really happens behind the scenes at a rock concert?Join us as we take you behind the scenes of our photo shoot and discuss some of the products used.
- See also behind-the-scenes.
Other definitions for behind-the-scenes (2 of 2)
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 people: There are rumors of behind-the-scenes negotiations taking place that may change international laws on nuclear power.
occurring backstage: I could hear the behind-the-scenes activities of the stage crew.
- See also behind the scenes.
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How to use behind the scenes in a sentence
The Daily Beast spoke to a jubilant League on Tuesday about the behind-the-scenes battle to get The Interview to movie theaters.The Inside Story of How Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Finally Made It to Theaters | Marlow Stern | December 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Is behind-the-scenes duplicity, cloaked in coming-of-age business dilemma, the new norm for major-label moves?Taylor Swift Dumps Spotify, Igniting Turf War Between Spotify and Apple | Dale Eisinger | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I have chosen a ‘middle-ground’ method of moderation, a sort of behind-the-scenes prodding,” he wrote in a posting.
The presidential paramour was French film star Julie Gayet, 42, confirming months of behind-the-scenes innuendo.Hollande's Jilted Lover Valerie Trierweiler Tells All | Tracy McNicoll | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even if the movie was merely as intended as a making-of-a-hit, behind-the-scenes project, it essentially failed.How Bad Was 'The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story'? | Kevin Fallon | September 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Here's the behind-the-scenes lowdown on Luna City life and a promoter of Martian dancing girls, vaudeville, and—other things.Show Business | William C. Boyd
Barbara and her toast emerged from its shelter as innocent of behind-the-scenes as any bit of pretty play or pageant.We Girls: A Home Story | Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Very large selection of behind-the-scenes production photos.Life Histories of North American Shore Birds, Part 1 (of 2) | Arthur Cleveland Bent
All the same, it will come in handy having you to do a little behind-the-scenes shooting.Dan Carter and the Haunted Castle | Mildred A. Wirt
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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