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backdrop

noun uk   /ˈbæk.drɒp/ us    /-drɑːp/
[C] (UK also backcloth,   /ˈbæk.klɒθ/    /-klɑːθ/) a large piece of cloth with buildings, countryside, etc. painted on it, hung at the back of a stage during a performance [S] the view behind something: The mountains form a dramatic backdrop to the little village. [S] the general situation in which particular events happen: Their love affair began against a backdrop of war.
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