behind one's back
phrasal without one's knowledge ; in secret

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Behind one's back — Back Back (b[a^]k), n. [AS. b[ae]c, bac; akin to Icel., Sw., & LG. bak, Dan. bag; cf. OHG. bahho ham, Skr. bhaj to turn, OSlav. b[=e]g[u^] flight. Cf. {Bacon}.] 1. In human beings, the hinder part of the body, extending from the neck to the end… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • behind one's back — {adv. phr.} When one is absent; without one s knowledge or consent; in a dishonest way; secretly; sneakily. * /Say it to his face, not behind his back./ * /It is not right to criticize a person behind his back./ Contrast: TO ONE S FACE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • behind one's back — {adv. phr.} When one is absent; without one s knowledge or consent; in a dishonest way; secretly; sneakily. * /Say it to his face, not behind his back./ * /It is not right to criticize a person behind his back./ Contrast: TO ONE S FACE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To be on one's back — Back Back (b[a^]k), n. [AS. b[ae]c, bac; akin to Icel., Sw., & LG. bak, Dan. bag; cf. OHG. bahho ham, Skr. bhaj to turn, OSlav. b[=e]g[u^] flight. Cf. {Bacon}.] 1. In human beings, the hinder part of the body, extending from the neck to the end… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • to get one's back up — Back Back (b[a^]k), n. [AS. b[ae]c, bac; akin to Icel., Sw., & LG. bak, Dan. bag; cf. OHG. bahho ham, Skr. bhaj to turn, OSlav. b[=e]g[u^] flight. Cf. {Bacon}.] 1. In human beings, the hinder part of the body, extending from the neck to the end… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lie on one's back — Back Back (b[a^]k), n. [AS. b[ae]c, bac; akin to Icel., Sw., & LG. bak, Dan. bag; cf. OHG. bahho ham, Skr. bhaj to turn, OSlav. b[=e]g[u^] flight. Cf. {Bacon}.] 1. In human beings, the hinder part of the body, extending from the neck to the end… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To put one's back up — Back Back (b[a^]k), n. [AS. b[ae]c, bac; akin to Icel., Sw., & LG. bak, Dan. bag; cf. OHG. bahho ham, Skr. bhaj to turn, OSlav. b[=e]g[u^] flight. Cf. {Bacon}.] 1. In human beings, the hinder part of the body, extending from the neck to the end… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Everybody (Backstreet's Back) — Infobox Single Name = Everybody (Backstreet s Back) Caption = International CD single part 1 cover Artist = Backstreet Boys from Album = Backstreet s Back Released = August 5, 1997flagicon|Europe March 31, 1998flagicon|US Format = CD single… …   Wikipedia

  • to one's face — {adv. phr.} Directly to you; in your presence. * /I told him to his face that I didn t like the idea./ * /I called him a coward to his face./ Compare: IN ONE S FACE. Contrast: BEHIND ONE S BACK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • to one's face — {adv. phr.} Directly to you; in your presence. * /I told him to his face that I didn t like the idea./ * /I called him a coward to his face./ Compare: IN ONE S FACE. Contrast: BEHIND ONE S BACK …   Dictionary of American idioms

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