Definition of backstage in English:

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Pronunciation: /bakˈstāj/


The area in a theater out of view of the audience, especially in the wings or dressing rooms: backstage was the scene of pleasant pandemonium
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  • There are backstages now, there's security, there's bodyguards.
  • Almost every great player has a solid team working backstages to produce the best results possible.
  • Or i could even stalk them, try to get in the backstages, get to see Ryan and give it to him in person.


1Relating to or situated in the area behind the stage in a theater: a backstage tour of the opera house
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  • I left the office about 5pm and spent a lot of time wandering around the different backstage sites, dressing rooms and stage areas, to make sure everything went to plan.
  • I could have wished there had been more of the legendary theatrical backstage stories.
  • Operationally, the obvious place to build the extension would have been at the north end of the site, where the existing stage and backstage areas are located.
1.1Kept from public scrutiny; secret: backstage deals
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  • But beyond the public turmoil lies a private, backstage world of unrequited love, secret affairs and insecurity.
  • This exhibit is an exploration of the more private, backstage aspect of the shows.
  • It said 20 of the 34 projects did not strictly implement bid invitations and some were suspected of backstage deals or business bribery, which had affected the projects' quality.


1In or to the backstage area in a theater: I went backstage after the show
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  • She herself has worked backstage for a marionette theater in Minneapolis, and she taught calligraphy for years.
  • Danny stepped away, and cast one last disdainful look at Scott before going backstage, and presumably leaving the theater.
  • We used a photograph of him taken backstage at the Winter Garden theater to calibrate our time extractor.
1.1Not known to the public; in secret: we planned our strategies backstage
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  • I should be on the front lines, not making deals backstage.
  • I wonder who is cutting the deals backstage and what it will look like after this is over.

Words that rhyme with backstage

age, assuage, cage, downstage, engage, enrage, gage, gauge, mage, multistage, offstage, onstage, Osage, page, Paige, rage, rampage, sage, stage, swage, under-age, upstage, wage

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Syllabification: back·stage

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