- 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.
Origin of behind-the-scenes
First recorded in 1835–45
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for behind-the-scenes
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
December 23, 2014
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
November 4, 2014
“I have chosen a ‘middle-ground’ method of moderation, a sort of behind-the-scenes prodding,” he wrote in a posting.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
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
September 3, 2014
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'?
September 2, 2014
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