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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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  • The backstage lives of faculty members are mysteries, occasionally even to the faculty itself.
  • What we're aiming to do is to bring that behind-the-scenes experience to the visitor that can't go backstage.
  • The performance backstage at times was much more fascinating.
  • Models get ready backstage amid photographers who are chronicling the annual fashion event.
  • When they return backstage to pack up, offer to lend a hand.
  • He wants to take me backstage, to show me all the hidden tricks that make the building work.
  • He disappears backstage, then returns to applause that grows stronger.
  • He was probably lolling backstage, away from the action, licking his lips.
  • backstage, unedited recordings are being made that will go on sale at the church bookshop after the service.
  • backstage, however, the puppets are undergoing a drama of their own.
British Dictionary definitions for backstage

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 backstage

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

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