go behind (someone's) back

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go behind (someone's) back

To do something in someone's absence. The phrase typically suggests wrongdoing or deceit. I can't believe you went behind my back and gossiped about me! Tom will be upset that we've gone behind his back and made the decision.
See also: back, behind

go behind someone's back

 
1. Lit. to move behind someone; to locate oneself at someone's back. The mugger went behind my back and put a gun to my spine. Bob went behind my back and pushed me through the opening.
2. Fig. to do something that is kept a secret from someone affected by it. I hate to go behind her back, but she makes so much trouble about things like this. Please don't try to go behind my back again!
See also: back, behind

go behind someone's back

If someone goes behind your back, they do something secretly or without your permission. Leonard, you haven't been completely open with me. You think I wouldn't know when you go behind my back? They go behind our backs, they withhold information, they talk down to us like idiots. Compare with do something behind someone's back.
See also: back, behind
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Explain you want to help, but you don't want to go behind her back.
EASTENDERS 8pm, BBC1 Kat is struggling to make ends meet, so Stacey and Mo go behind her back in an attempt to help.
If things work out with the new girl, you should try having the decency not to go behind her back, too.