Definition of behind the scenes in English:

behind the scenes


  • 1Out of sight of the public at a theatre or organization.

    ‘behind the scenes at London Zoo’
    • ‘A Swindon theatre company has given people a peek behind the scenes of its operations during an open day.’
    • ‘As Damian gives me a guided tour behind the scenes at the Theatre Royal, I lose count of the animal parts lying around.’
    • ‘While it was the players who produced the goods on the day, the Mayor did not forget the men behind the scenes.’
    • ‘Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the theatre foyer?’
    • ‘He will continue to be the main organiser but will work behind the scenes.’
    • ‘Blackmore pulled back his public image but redoubled his work behind the scenes.’
    • ‘Two young brothers will soon be making their mark in the theatre both on stage and behind the scenes.’
    • ‘Much of his work in stimulating art activities in the borough was carried out modestly and behind the scenes.’
    • ‘The whole set has been rotated to reveal what it looks like from backstage, and we see what really goes on behind the scenes.’
    • ‘Organisers are working busily away behind the scenes to make sure it is a day to remember.’
    1. 1.1 Secretly.
      ‘diplomatic manoeuvres going on behind the scenes’
      • ‘Since last summer a fierce political argument has been going on behind the scenes over whether to go for reprocessing or storage.’
      • ‘Why would they talk to you in such detail about what went on behind the scenes?’
      • ‘Yet behind the scenes, the whips' office is making all sorts of threats in a bid to persuade them not to gut the Bill and turn it into an outright ban.’
      • ‘The dispute then went quiet, but behind the scenes Boeing was lobbying hard.’
      • ‘The two cattlemen had extensive private dealings with politicians behind the scenes.’
      • ‘Other things might have happened behind the scenes that the public has the right to know.’
      • ‘He believes the Government has done a lot of work behind the scenes in the past four years to make sure future fuel protests were thwarted.’
      • ‘Downing St is officially neutral, though intensive preparations are being made behind the scenes.’
      • ‘Behind the scenes, representatives from the transport union had been meeting with drivers in Grangemouth.’
      • ‘On the other hand, if there's a secret war going on behind the scenes it could be a number of things.’
      secretly, in secret, privately, in private, behind closed doors, clandestinely, surreptitiously
      secret, private, clandestine, surreptitious
      View synonyms