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in the background

In a (literal or figurative) place where someone or something is not very noticeable. I'm not the best dancer, so the director has put me in the background for most scenes. The more new people get hired, the more I feel ignored and lost in the background!
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into the background

Into a (literal or figurative) place where someone or something is not very noticeable. I'm going to move all of our less-experienced dancers into the background for this scene. The more new people get hired, the more I get pushed into the background and ignored!
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merge into the background

To act or position oneself in such a way as not to be very noticeable to others. Not feeling comfortable as the center of attention, I prompted someone else to start talking and then merged into the background.
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on background

Of information used in a news story, allowed to be published but only on conditions negotiated by the source, typically resulting in anonymity. The presidential aide agreed to give a statement to reporters on background.
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on deep background

Of information used in a news story, allowed to be published but without any attribution or mention of the source whatsoever. The government official would only reveal the truth of the scandal on deep background, which unfortunately meant my story would be forever disputed and discredited by members of the administration.
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merge into the ˈbackground

(of a person) behave quietly when you are with a group of people so that they do not notice you: Nick didn’t say anything during the meeting, and it was obvious that he was desperately trying to merge into the background.
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on background

For publication but without specific attribution of the source: The senator would only speak on background with the reporter about the crisis.
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on deep background

For publication without any attribution of the source.
See also: background, deep, on
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Metrics have been proposed based on many researches which could be divided into three classes: (1) statistical metrics, such as, statistical variance (SV) [8], signal to clutter ratio (SCR) [9], target versus background entropy (ETB) [10], target standard deviation (TSD) [11] and target background interference ratio (TBIR) [12].
While director of the Santa Barbara (Calif.) School of the Arts from 1934-36, Browne painted backgrounds for that city's Museum of Natural History, something he also did for the Museum of Science, Boston.
Field observations suggest that Mediterranean geckos (an often ubiquitous introduced species in many metropolitan areas of the southern United States) have the ability to lighten and darken in response to their background. On light backgrounds, the geckos were typically light pink whereas on dark backgrounds they were typically much darker with a brownish hue to their skin.
Bar chairman Geoffrey Vos QC said people from ordinary backgrounds are often overlooked in favour of those from a "snobby" background.