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backdrop

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