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backdrop

noun [C]     /ˈbækdrɒp/
SITUATION
the situation that an event happens in: [usually singular] The attack took place against a backdrop of rising tensions between the two communities.Situations and circumstances
CLOTH
the painted cloth at the back of a stage in a theatreTheatres, cinemas and their parts
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