from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Situated or taking place in the area of a stage that is invisible to the audience.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or taking place in private life: an offstage persona.
  • adv. Away from the area of a stage visible to the audience.
  • adv. In private life: an actor known offstage by another name.
  • adv. Behind the scenes; not visible to the public: The meetings between the leaders took place offstage.

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  • adj. Of, or relating to that part of a stage not visible to the audience
  • adj. Of, or relating to private life
  • adv. Taking place offstage (as above)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. situated or taking place in the area of a stage not visible to the audience
  • adv. behind the scenes; not on stage
  • adj. concealed from public view or attention
  • n. a stage area out of sight of the audience
  • adv. not in public


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off +‎ stage


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  • The other attempts too place "offstage", but because of the problems within the Alliance, the plans didn't go as smoothly as they should have - hence the lack of success.

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  • He's a great guy & would quite likely welcome having the support of an 'offstage' connection with you, his translator, before his public appearance.

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  • A narrow cell at stage right served as a separate playing area so that even "offstage" characters remained in view; the whole design cleverly constricted the Met's big stage, creating intimacy and intimidation at the same time.

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  • So do Mr. O'Farrill's offstage endeavors; through his nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, he has established year-round education programs in New York schools and a youth orchestra based in Greenwich Village's Fat Cat club.

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  • Rather like tyrannical dictators, who don't expect to die quietly in their beds, one somehow never expected Jack Warner's professional death to happen offstage in press releases and leaked reports.

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  • Edward Albee's corrosive play is an uncomfortable mirror to Thea's offstage life, a device that works here precisely because no one talks about it or even mentions the name of the play she's doing.

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