Meaning of “behind the scenes” in the English Dictionary

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"behind the scenes" in British English

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behind the scenes

C2 If something happens behind the scenes, it happens without most people knowing about it, especially when something else is happening publicly:

A lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes.

(Definition of “behind the scenes” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"behind-the-scenes" in American English

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unknown to the public:

behind-the-scenes negotiations

(Definition of “behind-the-scenes” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)