backcloth

[[t]bæ̱kklɒθ, AM -klɔːθ[/t]]
backcloths
1) N-COUNT A backcloth is a large piece of cloth, often with scenery or buildings painted on it, that is hung at the back of a stage while a play is being performed. [BRIT]
Syn:
(in AM, use backdrop)
2) N-SING: with supp, oft N of n The backcloth to an event is the general situation in which it happens. [BRIT, JOURNALISM or, LITERARY]

...schools coping with the effect of falling pupil numbers against a backcloth of financial stringency.

Syn:

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • backcloth — [bak′klôth΄] n. Chiefly Brit. BACKDROP * * * back·cloth (băkʹklôth, klŏth) n. See backdrop. * * * …   Universalium

  • backcloth — [bak′klôth΄] n. Chiefly Brit. BACKDROP …   English World dictionary

  • backcloth — UK [ˈbækˌklɒθ] / US [ˈbækˌklɔθ] noun [countable] Word forms backcloth : singular backcloth plural backcloths theatre British a cloth that hangs at the back of a stage, especially a painted one used in a play • against a backcloth of something …   English dictionary

  • backcloth — backdrop ack drop n. 1. the scenery hung at back of stage. Also called in Britain {backcloth}. Syn: background, backcloth [WordNet 1.5] 2. the background, setting, or circumstances of an event; as, the backdrop for the summit meeting. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • backcloth — noun (C) 1 a painted cloth hung across the back of a stage 2 the conditions or situation in which something happens: Against this backcloth of industrial turmoil, violence was always likely …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • backcloth — noun Date: 1886 chiefly British backdrop …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • backcloth — noun the painted scenery at the back of a stage; the backdrop …   Wiktionary

  • backcloth — back|cloth [ˈbæk klɔθ US klo:θ] n especially BrE 1.) a ↑backdrop 2.) a ↑backdrop …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • backcloth — back|cloth [ bæk,klɔθ ] noun count BRITISH a BACKDROP …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • backcloth — n. back curtain on a stage; background …   English contemporary dictionary

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