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[awf-steyj, of-] /ˈɔfˈsteɪdʒ, ˈɒf-/
off the stage or in the wings; away from the view of the audience (opposed to onstage).
in one's private life rather than on the stage:
Offstage the actress seemed rather plain.
not in view of the audience; backstage, in the wings, etc.:
an offstage crash.
withheld from public view or attention; private:
offstage political meetings.
Origin of offstage
1920-25; off + stage Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for offstage
  • He was the first to import television screens and cameras to communicate with the offstage band, a device now in common use.
  • In the final moments, heavy footsteps are audible offstage.
  • She wanted no air conditioning, and she walked offstage and was refusing to perform that night.
  • Other thought leaders met offstage for action-oriented working sessions and intimate roundtable meals.
  • Both portray universally accepted, card-carrying geniuses in moments of offstage intimacy.
  • All but one of several centuries worth of space battles occur offstage.
  • They make eye contact with us, and when they don't it is because they appear to be looking at a particular thing offstage.
  • The tone is intolerably righteous throughout, fueled by offstage bias and jealous anger.
  • Her offstage personality is probably even harder to convey.
  • The occasional cloud is wafted offstage, as if on wires.
British Dictionary definitions for offstage


adjective, adverb
out of the view of the audience; off the stage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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