behind the scenes
Pronunciation
  • 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.
Translations
  • 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
Adjective

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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