Learner's definition of BEHIND–THE–SCENES
always used before a noun
1 : working or happening privately without being known or seen by the public
There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes lobbying for more money.
She exerted a lot of behind-the-scenes influence when the project was being planned.
an effective behind-the-scenes operator
2 : revealing or reporting on things that usually happen privately without being known or seen by the public
— see also behind the scenes at scene