in the background


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in the background

In a (literal or figurative) place where someone or something is not very noticeable. I'm not the best dancer, so the director has put me in the background for most scenes. The more new people get hired, the more I feel ignored and lost in the background!
See also: background
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musician Susie Ibarra's lively drumming in the background lends a beatnik ambience.
With mariachi music in the background, sixteen-year-old Suzie Diaz tells me about her encounter with the Border Patrol two years ago.
The landscape in the background is out of focus and seems almost to be speeding by in a blur of motion.