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behind someone's back

behind someone's back

Date: Sep 02 2010

Themes: Friend, Romance

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“At least men were gentlemen back then. They might say something behind your back, but at least they opened the door.”

- Actress January Jones on how men have changed since the 1960s. (Us Weekly)

Definition

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without telling someone; done in secret

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There is an old riddle that goes, “If a tree falls in the forest but no one hears it, does it make a sound?” You could also say, if someone says something mean about you but you don’t know it, does it matter?

When someone does or says something mean or rude and doesn’t tell you, we say it’s behind your back. Let’s say your best friend makes fun of your outfit. If it happens behind your back, you can’t see or hear it happening. You don’t know about it. So, it can’t really hurt your feelings…unless you find out about it later.

If you find out that someone said or did something mean behind your back, you might feel betrayed. For example, you might wish that your friend had just been honest with you about your outfit, or told you to your face how she felt about it. Saying something to someone’s face is the opposite of saying it behind their back.

On the TV show Mad Men, January Jones plays a housewife in the 1960s. January thinks that in the 60s, men talked about women behind their backs. But they still acted like gentlemen to their faces. In her opinion, it is important to act polite to people in person, even if you are rude to them behind their backs.

Do you ever gossip about people behind their backs? Has anyone ever said anything mean about you behind your back? How did you find out?

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“I can’t believe my sister asked my boyfriend out behind my back.”

“I would never go behind my wife’s back; I think it’s important to be honest in a relationship.”

“Dylan is nice to Jennifer’s face, but he always talks about her behind her back.”

Winners

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crumarina without someone's knowledge or permission
by crumarina
Behind your back means not in front of you.
by Mr.Bean's wife
gossip, tell something about you the third person, when you are not present - usually something nasty
by DecapitatedLucia
Behind your back = talk about someone in a negative way without him/her knowing .
by Fantasy_Garden
ehwaz gossip about you
by ehwaz
chomo without sb's knowledge or permission
by chomo
I guess, behind someone's back, is means, to do some bad things or say some bad words behind someone eles
by happysmilesunny
peachmuse talk something bad about you when you not around
by peachmuse
when you're not present. talking behind someone's back usually means saying bad things about someone when they're not here.
by peepinchique
happy star gossip or chattin about someone when its not present.
by happy star
narsen92 to say or do something bad not in front of someone.
by narsen92
Mostafa5 without a person's knowledge and in an unfair way,furtively
by Mostafa5
gossip / someone having an opinion about you and sharing it with someone else, not with you
by bystander :-)
to talk bad about someone
by Thanychanx3
-Tiago- Talk bad about someone when that person is not there
by -Tiago-
to say behind someone's back means to speak in his absence
by monacovalentina
Sergio M It means somebody talk or do something that you don't know
by Sergio M
nat182 not directly to somebody
by nat182
Gellerke rumor or complaint about you when ou are not there
by Gellerke

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