go behind (one's) back

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go behind (one's) back

To do something in one'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

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

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, go
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"Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale about three or four times, I don't know if it is still up for sale - I am sure it is if the right price comes along - but to go behind his back and sell him off if you like to Spain just before the World Cup and receive the letter two days after they have appointed Fernando Hierro is ridiculous.
"I'm going to be watching you," she says in the clip. "Try to go behind his back and I'll be there.
Don't go behind his back, even if you're only going for a drink or a coffee.
"To think that Rafa has done what he has at Liverpool and someone has the cheek to go behind his back and speak to someone else about his job is a disgrace.
POBOL Y CWM (S4C) Steffan's attitude towards granny Beryl turns a lot more violent this week as he threatens to send her back to the old people's home if she dares to go behind his back again.
ARSENE WENGER does not expect Sylvain Wiltord to go behind his back and pledge his future to another club while his Arsenal contract runs down.