behind the proscenium in a theater, especially in the wings or dressing rooms.
toward the rear of the stage; upstage.
out of view of the public; in private; behind the scenes:
Many of the deals were made backstage at the convention.
located or occurring backstage.
of or relating to activities unknown to the public.
of or relating to the private lives of people in the entertainment industry:
Theater. a backstage area.
“Everybody told me I had this voice for the radio,” Bass says backstage on a recent summer evening.
Lance Bass Launches a Comeback Ramin Setoodeh August 1, 2011
But once backstage, you realize that each performer plays many parts.
A Backstage Love Affair With Cirque du Soleil Allison McNearney November 30, 2014
Fashion designer Victoria Beckham treated her backstage crew to an order of Cronuts on Sunday after her Spring/Summer 2014 show.
Did Victoria Beckham Serve Faux-Nuts? Lori-Lee Emshey September 9, 2013
Madonna introduced them and Yoko Ono assured them backstage that “every step you take will change the world.”
The Feminists of Pussy Riot and Femen Who Stood Up To Putin Lizzie Crocker March 9, 2014
There’s a certain amount of backstage technical work to do, but the position is mostly editorial.
Help Wanted David Frum August 5, 2012
Tim hustled us backstage, where Lil and I used to sweat over the animatronics and cop surreptitious feels.
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom Cory Doctorow
He smoked a cigarette and tried making small talk with some of the soldiers on backstage detail.
The Second Voice Mann Rubin
From the backstage speakers came the smooth rhythm of a band playing a march trio.
The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
A book on The Theater, both “backstage” and “the front of the house.”
The Theory of the Theatre Clayton Hamilton
“Oh, sure,” Jerry agreed, pursuing her backstage and down a corridor.
Swamp Island Mildred A. Wirt
behind the part of the theatre in view of the audience; in the dressing rooms, wings, etc
towards the rear of the stage
(informal) away from public view
also back-stage, 1898, from back (adj.) + stage (n.).
associated or originating with household servants. secret, underhanded, or scandalous: backstairs gossip. Contemporary Examples Which means that every seat contains someone who is reclining straight into the lap of their backstairs neighbor. Should People Stop Reclining Their Seats? Megan McArdle February 19, 2013 Historical Examples But I hope one of the results of this war […]
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stairs at the back of a house, as for use by servants. a means of intrigue. Historical Examples Beauty must exert what power it could in the boudoir and on the back stairs. Lola Montez Edmund B. d’Auvergne The housekeeper made a hasty exit by way of the back stairs. The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln […]
Machinery. a supporting or checking piece in a mechanism. Building Trades. an anchored tension member, as a cable, permanently or temporarily supporting a compression member, as a tower or pole, subject to a pull above its base from the opposite direction. a strip of leather at the back of a shoe used for reinforcement and […]
stitching or a stitch in which the thread is doubled back on the preceding stitch. to sew by backstitch. Historical Examples Insert one thickness between the other two ends, and backstitch closely. Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin Here each little diamond is worked in simple outline stitch, and each square outlined with backstitch. […]