in the background

idiom

: in a position that avoids attracting attention
He was a shy man who always tried to keep/stay in the background.

Examples of in the background in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the beginning of the clip, Priyanka filmed herself sitting on the sand outside of a resort as Malti was seen in the background playing in the water nearby. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 10 June 2024 Just visible in the background, chatting animatedly, was Nicole Avant. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2024 But even as the prospect of glory draws ever closer, there will be a buzz, a noise in the background, an inescapable reminder that real life goes on, that the summer ends, that this is not the part of the game that really matters. Rory Smith, New York Times, 7 June 2024 Watch live: SpaceX launches Starship/Super Heavy Booster on fourth test flight Watch on As Starship touched down in the Indian Ocean, cheers erupted in the background of the broadcast. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for in the background 

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“In the background.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20the%20background. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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