backstage

backs"tage

adj. concealed from the public; in private.
Syn. -- behind the scenes. [WordNet 1.5]

Back"stairs`

,

Back" stairs`

. (bk"strz`) n. Stairs in the back part of a house, as distinguished from the front stairs; a second staircase at the rear of a building; hence, a private or indirect way.
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

{

Back"stairs`

,

Back"stair`

}, a. Private; indirect; secret; conducted with secrecy; intriguing; -- as if finding access by the back stairs; as, backstairs gossip.
Syn. -- clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, on the quiet(predicate), secret, subterranean, surreptitious, undercover, underground.
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

A backstairs influence.
Burke.
[1913 Webster]

Female caprice and backstair influence.
Trevelyan.
[1913 Webster]

 

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