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Meaning of behind-the-scenes

be•hind-the-scenes

Pronunciation: (bi-hīnd'u-sēnz'), [key]
— adj.
  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.
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