back·story | \ ˈbak-ˌstȯr-ē \

Definition of backstory 

: a story that tells what led up to the main story or plot (as of a film)

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Here's the backstory: Domingo Milord, a Cuban consul, lived there with his wife, Paula (friendly reminder, it's called Villa Paula), for a few years. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Miami's Most Haunted House Is for Sale for Nearly $5 Million," 13 June 2018 The backstory: Kentucky first to win federal approval to roll back Medicaid expansion under Obamacare The new program's name is Kentucky HEALTH. Chris Mayhew,, "NKY Medicaid forum: Able-bodied must job train or volunteer," 5 June 2018 The backstory — that the songs were purportedly written by Capone — was further bolstered when they were put up for sale by Butterfield & Butterfield, a prestigious auction house on the West Coast, in 1999. Emily Sweeney,, "They finally got Al Capone for tax evasion. But what about plagiarism?," 15 May 2018 The backstory: Cox is aiming at Villaraigosa because the two are virtually tied in the latest nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California poll, for second place behind Newsom. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gavin Newsom ad touts same-sex marriages; attack ad calls out sexual misdeeds," 30 Apr. 2018 Some notes: Read the backstory on the making of the Surface Go, reported from Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Panos on Surface," 13 July 2018 Villanelle assumed roles that varied not just in wigs, but in accent, demeanor, and backstory. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Sandra Oh Just Made History For Killing Eve, But The Emmys Forgot One Thing," 12 July 2018 Each suite is decorated to honor various moments from the town's backstory. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Just Listed a Hotel in Texas and We Want to Buy It Immediately," 8 July 2018 Trocchio's backstory, however, might make this tale even better. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Boston bus driver returns purse with $8,000 inside, saving family's vacation," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of backstory

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backstory was in 1982

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