Behind Closed Doors

Meaning of Idiom ‘Behind Closed Doors’

Behind closed doors means in secret, privately, away from public view or any observation. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,3Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.

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Examples Of Use

“What people do behind closed doors is their own business.”

“The meeting was held behind closed doors and the press has still been unable to get a statement about what occurred.”

“The president spoke to the leader behind closed doors. Such a private meeting is highly unusual.”

“The jury filed in with its verdict after sixteen hours of wrangling behind closed doors.” (The Day Book, Chicago Ill. Feb. 1913)


Used since the early 1900s.

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