merge into the background

merge into the background

To act or position oneself in such a way as not to be very noticeable to others. Not feeling comfortable at the center of attention, I prompted someone else to start talking and then merged into the background.
See also: background, merge

merge into the ˈbackground

(of a person) behave quietly when you are with a group of people so that they do not notice you: Nick didn’t say anything during the meeting, and it was obvious that he was desperately trying to merge into the background.
See also: background, merge
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Details merge into the background, which is often too dark or mottled.
That need to be camouflaged at certain points, yet to be seen at others, is the basis for the black and white costumes and stage design, so at times the dancers seem to merge into the background at one point, and then stand out later on.
Laird said: "So many players come from Europe, from Australia, wherever, and tend to just merge into the background.
It would appear the bishop hoped Mgr Creegan would just agree and merge into the background.
This decked car park will include a 'green roof' covered in vegetation, thus ensuring the new building will merge into the background.
A counterfeit portrait is usually limp, lifeless, and flat, and its details merge into the background.
His ability to merge into the background would have brought admiration from a chameleon.
On fake bills, details merge into the background, which is often too dark or mottled.
For 11 years Steven Minks, 38, targeted hospitals and colleges where he could easily get in and merge into the background in order to snatch thousands of pounds of computer equipment.
And their black colour helps them merge into the background.