be·​hind-the-scenes bi-ˈhīnd-ṯẖə-ˈsēnz How to pronounce behind-the-scenes (audio)
: being or working out of public view or in secret
behind-the-scenes lobbying for more money
a behind-the-scenes player
: revealing or reporting the hidden workings
a behind-the-scenes account
a behind-the-scenes glimpse

Examples of behind-the-scenes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The onscreen duo will deep dive into each episode, sharing behind-the-scenes stories about the series, and sit down with other stars of the show. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Apr. 2024 In an Instagram Reel, Osbourne shared behind-the-scenes footage from her family's Easter egg hunt, which also included a wholesome visit with the Easter bunny. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 On Friday, the Daily Mail published previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage, which the outlet says casts doubt on her account. USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2024 Pop giants Post Malone and Miley Cyrus appear on the track list as well, and the behind-the-scenes writing and production credits list contributions from Pharrell Williams, Ryan Beatty, Tyler Johnson, Raphael Saadiq, and more. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2024 Van Hollen’s steady stream of statements on the Mideast conflict and his behind-the-scenes White House discussions have been informed and fueled by his January trip to the Rafah crossing from Egypt to Israel. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 Unlike Hollywood-Broadway behind-the-scenes flicks that used scandal to defend the oft-beleaguered idea of art, Fake News movies believe in only one (leftist) ideology. Armond White, National Review, 29 Mar. 2024 Inside Look stories give Star-Telegram subscribers exclusive sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes reporting. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 Mar. 2024 That curiosity comes across in photographer Honda’s behind-the-scenes shots. Emiko Jozuka For Cnn, CNN, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of behind-the-scenes was in 1850

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“Behind-the-scenes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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