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    behind the scenes, in secret or in private.
    make the scene, Slang. to appear in a particular place or engage in a particular activity: Let's make the scene downtown tonight. She was never one to make the drug scene.

Origin of scene

1530–40; < Latin scēna background (of the stage) < Greek skēnḗ booth (where actors dressed)


2 See view.
3 episode.
4 demonstration, spectacle, show.

Related forms

in·ter·scene, noun

Can be confused

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British Dictionary definitions for make the scene


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Word Origin for scene

C16: from Latin scēna theatrical stage, from Greek skēnē tent, stage
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Idioms and Phrases with make the scene (1 of 2)

make the scene

Put in an appearance, take part in an event, as in I'll miss most of the party, but I hope to make the scene before midnight. This expression employs scene in the sense of “a place where an action occurs.” [Slang; mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with make the scene (2 of 2)


see behind the scenes; make a scene; make the scene; on the scene; set the scene for.

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