behind (one's) back

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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.
See also: back, behind

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.
See also: back, behind
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It's just frustrating for everybody to know that we have been fighting this war with one hand behind our back.
We had a blindfold and plastic cuffs, hands behind our backs, heads against the wall.
Beautiful arms that waved, sometimes behind our backs, sometimes by our sides.
But the ones who do no longer have to do it behind our backs.
But he added: "It doesn't surprise me that they are in contact with Hofland behind our backs.
I'd be utterly astonished if Wednesday had gone behind our backs to do this.
Don't look now, but the largest land animals may be talking behind our backs.
However, what happened here was three partners, including a member of our governing Board of Directors, went to a competitor behind our backs and gave them extremely sensitive information about our Atlanta practice to try and cut a deal for their own benefit.
While the process was under way, behind our backs, they went ahead and closed the deal anyway,'' Press said in a telephone interview.