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behind (one's) back

In one's absence. The phrase typically suggests wrongdoing or deceit. I can't believe you were gossiping about me behind my back! Tom will be upset that we already made the decision behind his back.
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behind someone's back

without someone's knowledge; secret from someone. Please don't talk about me behind my back. She sold the car behind his back, while he was away on vacation.
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do something behind someone's back

COMMON If someone does something behind your back, they do it secretly, to harm you. It's horrible to have people laughing at you behind your back. He's been arranging all this behind my back.
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behind somebody’s ˈback

without somebody knowing, especially because they would not like it: I feel guilty about going behind his back and complaining to the boss.People were often very rude about her behind her back. OPPOSITE: to somebody’s face
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behind (one's) back

In one's absence or without one's knowledge.
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Surrounded by a waterline drawn just above one's shoulders, Chicory Miles's melodramatic The Churning of the Milk (2008) video of Katrina's aftermath is projected on the wall, with fabric panels gusting behind one's back like sheets set out to dry.
Placing a shoulder belt under an arm or behind one's back is a citable offense, as is wearing the shoulder belt but not a lap belt or vice versa, Esposito said.
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Nabokov's hyperconscious fiction, however, allows little to take place behind one's back or below the surface.