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.
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References in classic literature ?
I entered upon my duties--how you must have smiled at me behind my back! Never was a man more completely and absolutely deceived.
There was no knowing what he might say of me behind my back; there was no knowing how soon I might not find myself taken in custody on suspicion, and searched.
Jennings, "I am sure I shall be monstrous glad of Miss Marianne's company, whether Miss Dashwood will go or not, only the more the merrier say I, and I thought it would be more comfortable for them to be together; because, if they got tired of me, they might talk to one another, and laugh at my old ways behind my back. But one or the other, if not both of them, I must have.
My problem is that my wife withdraws money from my bank account through the ATM behind my back (I shared with her my PIN).
It was all orchestrated like a film and was done very much behind my back right from January," said Van Gaal.
He said: "It was all orchestrated like a film and it was done very much behind my back right from January.
"I think it was all orchestrated like a film and it was done very much behind my back, right from January," Van Gaal said.
TYSON Fury believes a match-up with Anthony Joshua is the only fight people want to see and claimed he would win with "one arm tied behind my back".
"I was saddened to hear that statement made behind my back. During my talk with Obama, those issues did not come up," Erdogan told reporters, according to Hurriyet daily.
SHE ABORTED OUR BABY BUT DIDN'T TELL ME Dear Coleen My girlfriend aborted our baby behind my back. In fact, I didn't even know she was pregnant until it was all over.
"I was honestly very hurt by the things that Renee was saying and doing behind my back," said Garofalo, adding: "I didn't expect it and I was totally hurt and taken back from it.
"I knew something was going on behind my back, I just didn't know it was so close to home," she said, adding that she didn't expect it to be Clem on the tape as the couples were friends.
He said: "They handcuff me behind my back, blindfold me, walk me out into another room, and they kneel me down.
Mr Moore, 36, from Lincoln, told Channel 4 News: "They handcuff me behind my back, blindfold me, walk me out into another room, and they kneel me down.