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 ?
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.
It was all orchestrated like a film and was done very much behind my back right from January," said Van Gaal.
Styles do make fights but I am sure I can beat AJ with one arm tied behind my back," Fury said in a Sky Sports interview.
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 was seeing a woman for many years behind my back.
They pull the trigger and at the same time they fire a gun off behind my back.
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.
My kids, I'm afraid, think I'm holy-crazy, and my brother calls me the "Church Lady" behind my back.
You could drop me into the middle of a strange city during a power failure on a moonless night, tie my hands behind my back, blindfold me, jam corks up my nose and put carrots in my ears - and still, within five minutes of finding the ignition switch with my tongue, I would be stuck in a traffic jam because of road construction.
She always acted nice when she was around me, but I found out she was talking behind my back.
They'll look at me and walk away really fast, or they'll start talking about me behind my back.
But for all its playful air of "I could dance this with one leg tied behind my back," The Waltz Project is a demanding, gymnastic work.
Thank you for all the nice things everyone has said to me and the not so nice things said behind my back.