say (something) behind (one's) back

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say (something) behind (one's) back

To discuss, gossip, or remark upon someone when they aren't present or listening, especially when saying something negative. I can't believe you said those things about me behind my back—I thought we were friends! She so arrogant; if only she knew what people said behind her back.
See also: back, behind, say

say something behind someone's back

If someone says something about you behind your back, they say unpleasant things about you to other people. Friends were criticizing his wife behind his back. `Stop talking about me behind my back,' said Susannah, and burst into tears. Compare with go behind someone's back.
See also: back, behind, say, something
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" I am not concerned what people say behind my back. My life is just about me.
"Some people say behind my back 'what is she wearing?
But I don't care what people say behind my back about me."
"I want the anonymous farmer to have the guts and the courage to say to my face what he can only say behind my back when I am in hospital."
'What people want to say behind my back means nothing.
Remember the old adage phrase, "even a blind sow finds an acorn once-in-awhile?" Or, the other one that goes, "I'll take luck over skill anytime." I don't know how many times I've heard people say behind my back, "he's either a poacher, or the luckiest s.o.b.
"I have no idea what people say behind my back but I have only received positive responses to nay new role."