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.
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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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behind someone's back

Out of one's presence or without someone's knowledge, as in Joan has a nasty way of maligning her friends behind their backs. Sir Thomas Malory used this metaphoric term in Le Morte d'Arthur (c. 1470): "To say of me wrong or shame behind my back." [Early 1300s]
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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 someone's back

without a person's knowledge and in an unfair or dishonourable way.
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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
References in classic literature ?
Anna Mikhaylovna stepped forward and, stooping over the dying man, beckoned to Lorrain from behind her back.
KIM Kardashian West yesterday confessed she feels uncomfortable watching her sisters talk behind her back on television.
Singer Beyonce has been reported to have dissed reality star, Kim Kardashian, once again behind her back.
He said after he fell on the floor his wife stepped back with the knife behind her back and fell on the couch Vita said she then sat with her head bowed and told him to "go up and finish it" and he took the knife from behind her back and went to his room and tried to commit suicide.
When Ms Christopher answered the door, yet again Arnold was standing there and seemed to have something hidden behind her back and, when she refused to leave, Ms Christopher went outside and pushed her away.
Let her know that, because you don't want people talking behind her back, you have to tell her something that might hurt her feelings.
Georg Baselitz's figures embody the dialectical tension between these two conditions: It is evident in the difference between the male figure who holds a skull behind his back--the watch on his right wrist suggesting that time is running out--and the female figure who holds a lunch box behind her back.
This woman ritualistically took one geometrically patterned necktie after another from behind her back and draped it over her head as Robert Goulet sang "Memories.
By the end of the 1960s he was malting his own films, including the paranoid comedy The Secret Cinema (1969), about a woman who is convinced (correctly, it turns out) that someone is making a movie of her life and showing it to an audience of her friends and relatives, all of whom are laughing at her behind her back.
Apparently, Garofalo did not like the fact that Graziano spoke about her ongoing fraud behind her back.
KEMAL finally lost it with Orlaith and launched a torrent of abuse about the Ulster beauty - behind her back.
The girls show up to the party, make fun of her behind her back, then blindfold her and shove her in a closet, telling her the hottest guy in school is coming in to play Seven Minutes in Heaven with her.
Leslie passed the ball off to Dixon, who dished it behind her back before going out of bounds, and Figgs laid it in for the Sparks' final basket.
Cops told how Margaret Irvine, 91, had been found slumped with her hands tied behind her back and a duster in her mouth.
Although Jane, with her devoted boyfriend, is supposedly the luckiest of the four, there is an ambiguous scene that suggests her Prince Charming is already fooling around behind her back.