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backstage

[bak-steyj] /ˈbækˈsteɪdʒ/
adverb
1.
behind the proscenium in a theater, especially in the wings or dressing rooms.
2.
toward the rear of the stage; upstage.
3.
out of view of the public; in private; behind the scenes:
Many of the deals were made backstage at the convention.
adjective
4.
located or occurring backstage.
5.
of or pertaining to activities unknown to the public.
6.
of or pertaining to the private lives of people in the entertainment industry:
backstage gossip.
noun
7.
Theater. a backstage area.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; back2 + stage
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British Dictionary definitions for back stage

backstage

/ˌbækˈsteɪdʒ/
adverb
1.
behind the part of the theatre in view of the audience; in the dressing rooms, wings, etc
2.
towards the rear of the stage
adjective
3.
situated backstage
4.
(informal) away from public view
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Word Origin and History for back stage

backstage

also back-stage, 1898, from back (adj.) + stage (n.).

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