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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It's just frustrating for everybody to know that we have been fighting this war with one hand behind our back."
If that all suddenly disappeared, we'd be back to square one, having to start all over again." Working without the intranet, he says, "would be like fighting with one arm tied behind our back."
Van Geel said: "Chelsea have contacted Henk behind our backs and without our knowledge he went to London to talk to them.
We had a blindfold and plastic cuffs, hands behind our backs, heads against the wall."
Beautiful arms that waved, sometimes behind our backs, sometimes by our sides.
Fosse's classic movements--arms that were placed behind our backs and waved as if they were pushing water back and forth.
But the ones who do no longer have to do it behind our backs. They can do it in the White House, in the churches, on television, in the streets.
ANGRY PSV Eindhoven president Harry van Raj has accused Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson of contacting the Dutch club's defender Kevin Hofland "behind our backs".
Some of the unruly administrators continue to work behind our backs to bring other people into the hospital to work for them, and compete with us while they are being paid by them.
I'd be utterly astonished if Wednesday had gone behind our backs to do this.
Don't look now, but the largest land animals may be talking behind our backs. Cornell university researchers have discovered that elephants produce low-frequency sounds inaudible to humans but well suited to communicating within herds.