behind the scenes
  • IPA: /bɪˈhaɪnd ðə siːnz/, /bəˈhaɪnd ðə siːnz/
Prepositional phrase
  1. (idiomatic, theatre, film) behind the scenery and stage area; backstage; among the actors; during the production or rehearsal
    Many videos come with features that show what went on behind the scenes to make the movie and special effects.
  2. (idiomatic, figurative) In secret; out of public view.
    The government has been negotiating behind the scenes with the separatists for months.
  • French: en coulisse, de l'autre côté du décor, dans les coulisses
  • German: hinter den Kulissen
  • Italian: (also of theatre and movies) dietro le quinte
  • Portuguese: nos bastidores, por detrás dos bastidores, por baixo dos panos
  • Russian: (also of theatre) за кули́сами
  • Spanish: detrás del telón, entre bastidores, tras bambalinas

behind the scenes (not comparable)

  1. Being or working out in secret or out of public view.
  2. Divulging or reporting hidden workings.

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