Definition of off-screen in English:

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(also off screen or offscreen)


1Not appearing on a movie or television screen: he drawls to an off-screen interrogator
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  • For me, the comparison would seem to be most valid when it comes to the two auteurs' preoccupations with off-screen space.
  • With surround sound, filmmakers are able to explore not only what lies immediately to the sides of the screen but in the entire off-screen space.
  • The cartoon short that proceeded the film, Cracked Ice, also featured a self-reflexive joke, an off-screen heckler that we can hear on the soundtrack.
1.1 [attributive] Happening in real life rather than fictionally on-screen: they were off-screen lovers
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  • The photo caught a clash between off-screen reality and her on-screen image.
  • This on-screen team became an off-screen team on New Year's Eve, 1947.
  • There are no visible joins to Kelly's on-screen and off-screen personas.


1Outside what can be seen on a movie or television screen: the girl is looking off-screen to the right
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  • There is an internal struggle between him and his superiors that takes place almost entirely off-screen and results in a ridiculous, violent finale.
  • As she dresses off-screen after being with a client, she smiles, as if satisfied, but gradually her guard drops and a searing sadness transforms her face.
  • The camera frames Cui and Zu'er arguing; Cui exits off-screen, and Zu'er calls out to him.
1.1In real life rather than fictionally in a movie or on television: happy endings rarely happen off-screen
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  • Jeter's experience with the critically acclaimed film has provided him with some fairly miraculous moments off-screen as well.
  • So what if the chemistry between the actors spilled off-screen from their on-screen pairing during the film?
  • But as Leider's impressive research and masterful writing shows, off-screen he was full of contradictions.

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