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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Behind Someone’s Back

Behind Someone’s Back

Read the following sentences and guess the meaning of the idiom in bold:

Mary got mad at Tom because he was talking about her behind her back.

Jose asked his Dad if he could borrow the car but he said “no”. After that, Jose went behind his Dad’s back and asked his Mom if he could borrow the car. That was not appropriated!

What do you think “behind someone’s back” means?

a. in front of someone
b. without someone knowing
c. behind a car
d. all of the above

The answer is “b”.

Meaning: behind someone’s back means to do something secretly, without other people knowing.

This idiom was taken from our LSI book Speaking Savvy!

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