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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 at the center of attention, I prompted someone else to start talking and then merged into the background.
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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.
See also: background, on

on deep background

For publication without any attribution of the source.
See also: background, deep, on
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The aim of this paper is :(1) the first used MBLUP for genetic background restoration, analyze the effect of different background selection methods on marker-assisted introgression efficiency, (2) analyze the effect of different population sizes on marker-assisted introgression efficiency, (3) analyze the effect of different ratios of QTL variance to total genetic variance on marker-assisted introgression efficiency, (4) discuss the suitable marker-assisted introgression scheme.
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The advantages of these facilities will be the expected lower background rates and the better coupling of the neutron beam into the apparatus.
This research provides some empirical evidence that criminal background checks are required for a number of students in counselor education programs.
But contextualizing activities also involve connecting the text to the students' own social, cultural, and historical background, requiring the students to explore how the meaning of the text relates to their individual life experiences.
Separate and apart from the results of a security background check, the parties agreed that an employee can be removed from a building at the demand of a customer (which could be a tenant or, in the case of a cleaning contractor, the building owner or manager itself).
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Implementing background screening in your hiring process is sound risk management.
This framework will define the purpose and scope of NAEP's system of collecting background information, including background questionnaires and other sources of non-cognitive data.
The average background response rate for each peptide set was calculated by averaging the percentage response for all of the peptides in the set.
2) Poor choice of background and text colors is one of my personal favorites.
As the inside spread shows, the second color is also used as a background, tying together articles on page 2 with the photographs placed against the same background on page 3.