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behind-the-scenes

[bih-hahynd-th uh-seenz] /bɪˈhaɪnd ðəˈsinz/
adjective
1.
happening or conducted out of view of the general public:
The behind-the-scenes preparations made the convention a huge success.
2.
held or kept privately by or among a few key or influential persons:
behind-the-scenes negotiations.
3.
occurring backstage:
the behind-the-scenes activities of the stage crew.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45

scene

[seen] /sin/
noun
1.
the place where some action or event occurs:
He returned to the scene of the murder.
2.
any view or picture.
3.
an incident or situation in real life.
4.
an embarrassing outbreak or display of anger, strong feeling, or bad manners:
Please don't make a scene in such a public place.
5.
a division of a play or of an act of a play, usually representing what passes between certain of the actors in one place.
6.
a unit of action or a segment of a story in a play, motion picture, or television show.
7.
the place in which the action of a play or part of a play is supposed to occur.
8.
scenery (def 2).
9.
Literature.
  1. an episode, situation, or the like, as in a narrative.
  2. the setting or locale of a story.
10.
the stage, especially of an ancient Greek or Roman theater.
11.
an area or sphere of activity, current interest, etc.:
the rock music scene; the fashion scene.
Idioms
12.
behind the scenes, in secret or in private.
13.
make the scene, Slang. to appear in a particular place or engage in a particular activity:
Let's make the scene downtown tonight. She was never one to make the drug scene.
Origin
1530-40; < Latin scēna background (of the stage) < Greek skēnḗ booth (where actors dressed)
Related forms
interscene, noun
Can be confused
scene, seen.
Synonyms
1. arena, stage, location; center, focus. 2. See view. 3. episode. 4. demonstration, spectacle, show.
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British Dictionary definitions for behind the scenes

scene

/siːn/
noun
1.
the place where an action or event, real or imaginary, occurs
2.
the setting for the action of a play, novel, etc
3.
an incident or situation, real or imaginary, esp as described or represented
4.
  1. a subdivision of an act of a play, in which the time is continuous and the setting fixed
  2. a single event, esp a significant one, in a play
5.
(films) a shot or series of shots that constitutes a unit of the action
6.
the backcloths, stage setting, etc, for a play or film set; scenery
7.
the prospect of a place, landscape, etc
8.
a display of emotion, esp an embarrassing one to the onlookers
9.
(informal) the environment for a specific activity: the fashion scene
10.
(informal) interest or chosen occupation: classical music is not my scene
11.
(rare) the stage, esp of a theatre in ancient Greece or Rome
12.
behind the scenes, out of public view; privately
Word Origin
C16: from Latin scēna theatrical stage, from Greek skēnē tent, stage
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Word Origin and History for behind the scenes

scene

n.

1530s, "subdivision of an act of a play," also "stage-setting," from Middle French scène (14c.), from Latin scaena, scena "scene, stage of a theater," from Greek skene "wooden stage for actors," also "that which is represented on stage," originally "tent or booth," related to skia "shadow, shade," via notion of "something that gives shade," from PIE root *skai- "to shine, flicker, glimmer" (see shine (v.)).

Meaning "material apparatus of a theatrical stage" is from 1540s. Meaning "place in which the action of a literary work occurs" is attested from 1590s; general (non-literary) sense of "place where anything is done or takes place" is recorded from 1590s. Hence U.S. slang sense of "setting or milieu for a specific group or activity," attested from 1951 in Beat jargon. Meaning "stormy encounter between two or more persons" is attested from 1761. Behind the scenes "having knowledge of affairs not apparent to the public" (1660s) is an image from the theater, "amid actors and stage machinery" (out of sight of the audience). Scene of the crime (1923) first attested in Agatha Christie.

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Slang definitions & phrases for behind the scenes

scene

noun
  1. The setting or milieu of a specific activity or group; specialized venue: the rock ''scene''/ It is really quite difficult to understand their scene
  2. One's particular preference, activity, etc; bag, thing: I mean that's not my own scene or anything (1960s+ Counterculture)
Related Terms

all-originals scene, bad scene, lay a trip on someone, make a scene, make the scene, mob scene, split the scene


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Idioms and Phrases with behind the scenes

behind the scenes

In secret or private, away from public view, as in His struggle for the top position took place strictly behind the scenes. This term alludes to the various activities that go on behind the curtain in theaters, out of the audience's view. [ Late 1700s ]
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