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backdropnoun

uk   /ˈbæk.drɒp/  us   /ˈbæk.drɑːp/
[C] (UK also backcloth, uk   /ˈbæk.klɒθ/  us   /-klɑːθ/ ) a ​largepiece 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 ​mountainsform a ​dramatic backdrop to the little ​village.
[S] the ​generalsituation in which ​particulareventshappen: Their ​loveaffairbegan against a backdrop of ​war.
(Definition of backdrop from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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backdropnoun [U]

 us   /ˈbækˌdrɑp/
the things that can be ​seen behind something: An ​impressiverockycoastline with a backdrop of ​greenhillscontinuessouthward.
A backdrop to an ​event is a ​situation that already ​exists and that ​influences the ​event: Today we ​work against the backdrop of an ​industry in the ​midst of ​change.
(Definition of backdrop from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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