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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 relating to activities unknown to the public.
6.
of or relating to the private lives of people in the entertainment industry:
backstage gossip.
noun
7.
Theater. a backstage area.
Origin of backstage
1895-1900
1895-1900; back2 + stage
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  • Tim hustled us backstage, where Lil and I used to sweat over the animatronics and cop surreptitious feels.

  • He smoked a cigarette and tried making small talk with some of the soldiers on backstage detail.

    The Second Voice Mann Rubin
  • From the backstage speakers came the smooth rhythm of a band playing a march trio.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • A book on The Theater, both "backstage" and "the front of the house."

    The Theory of the Theatre Clayton Hamilton
  • “Oh, sure,” Jerry agreed, pursuing her backstage and down a corridor.

    Swamp Island Mildred A. Wirt
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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