backdrop backdrop  /ˈbækd ˌrɑp/


  • (n) scenery hung at back of stage



  1. Hosseini's stories are set against the backdrop of Afghanistan's tumultuous history.
  2. Nazi death camp provides an odd backdrop for a comedy, but Roberto Benigni makes his living playing oddballs.
  3. From the first, remarkable image Walter White's pants drifting to Earth against a desert-sky backdrop this pilot played like a small film.


  1. Venice Tickets and Showtimes

    'Venice' features a fusion of musical styles from hip-hop and rock to soaring anthems of love and hope, tracing a young man's rise as he fights for what's right against a backdrop of deceit and sibling betrayal.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: New York Times

  2. Sintra, Portugal, like a castle in a kaleidoscope

    SINTRA, Portugal (AP) — With sunshine bathing its multicolored facades against a backdrop of deep blue sky, the Pena Palace in Sintra is like a castle seen through a kaleidoscope.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Missguided Launched Its Latest Global High Summer Campaign Using the Hedonistic Backdrop of Ibiza

    Shot on the sun-drenched Balearic island of Ibiza – an enviable backdrop for its hard-hitting exclusive summer collection, Missguided’s latest summer campaign personifies exactly w
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "The global financial crisis, that might now be called the 'great recession', provides a sobering backdrop to our conference," IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn told delegates at an anti-crisis meeting in Tanzania.
    on Mar 10, 2009 By: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Source: The Age

  2. "This is an extraordinary story for NBC against the backdrop of this economy," Zucker said in a statement released over the weekend.
    on Feb 1, 2009 By: Jeff Zucker Source: Reuters

  3. The results of the overall survey "reflect the broad crosscurrents at work in the US economy," McGraw said. "Our CEOS clearly have tempered their overall expectations against a backdrop of continued housing declines and mounting energy...
    on Jun 18, 2008 By: Harold McGraw III Source: International Herald Tribune

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pacify pacify
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