behind closed doors



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Prepositional phraseEdit

behind closed doors

  1. (idiomatic) In private; in one's private life; lacking (normal) public disclosure, in camera.
    Synonyms: closed door, with closed doors
    What you do with your girlfriend behind closed doors is none of my business.
    • 2018 January 25, Amelia Gentleman, “Men-only clubs and menace: how the establishment maintains male power”, in the Guardian[1]:
      A brilliant piece of undercover reporting revealed extraordinary details of how senior City executives behave behind closed doors.
    • 2021 December 29, Nigel Harris, “Comment: Problems galore in 2021...”, in RAIL, number 947, page 3:
      A major problem has been the making of bad decisions behind closed doors.
  2. (idiomatic, sports) Without public spectators.
    Libya's opening home match in the World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon will be played at a neutral venue and behind closed doors, FIFA said on Friday. [2]