into the background

into the background

Into a (literal or figurative) place where someone or something is not very noticeable. I'm going to move all of our less-experienced dancers into the background for this scene. The more new people get hired, the more I get pushed into the background and ignored!
See also: background
References in classic literature ?
His ambitious plans had retreated into the background again, and feeling that he had got out of that circle of activity in which everything was definite, he had given himself entirely to his passion, and that passion was binding him more and more closely to her.
He closes in on the pipe, making it larger at one end and causing it to diminish in shape as it pulls us into the background.
Both experts advised that child-care entities dig a little deeper into the backgrounds of both workers and volunteers.
Many employers fail to look into the backgrounds of their people until they have to, and then it's too late.