behind someone's back

idiom

Definition of behind someone's back

: without someone's knowledge : in secret You shouldn't gossip about people behind their back(s). She went behind his back and spoke directly to his supervisor.

Learn More About behind someone's back

Dictionary Entries Near behind someone's back

behind schedule

behind someone's back

behind the curve

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for behind someone's back

Cite this Entry

“Behind someone's back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/behind%20someone%27s%20back. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!