when someone's back is turned

when someone is not there, or is not paying attention

I don't know what these kids get up to when my back is turned.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • when someone's back is turned — when someone’s back is turned phrase when someone is not there, or is not paying attention I don’t know what these kids get up to when my back is turned. Thesaurus: not known or difficult to knowsynonym Main entry: back …   Useful english dictionary

  • when someone's back is turned — when (someone s) back is turned when someone is not watching what is happening. When my mother s back was turned, my grandmother would give the dog candy …   New idioms dictionary

  • when (someone's) back is turned — when/while (someone s) back is turned while someone is somewhere else or unable to notice what is happening. When my mother s back was turned, my grandmother would give me chocolates …   New idioms dictionary

  • someone's back is turned — someone s attention is elsewhere he kissed her quickly, when the landlady s back was turned …   Useful english dictionary

  • while (someone's) back is turned — when/while (someone s) back is turned while someone is somewhere else or unable to notice what is happening. When my mother s back was turned, my grandmother would give me chocolates …   New idioms dictionary

  • (the) minute someone's back is turned — the minute (someone s) back is turned when/while (someone s) back is turned while someone is somewhere else or unable to notice what is happening. The minute the teacher s back is turned (= as soon as she cannot see them), they start messing… …   New idioms dictionary

  • when back is turned — when (someone s) back is turned when someone is not watching what is happening. When my mother s back was turned, my grandmother would give the dog candy …   New idioms dictionary

  • (the) minute back is turned — the minute (someone s) back is turned when/while (someone s) back is turned while someone is somewhere else or unable to notice what is happening. The minute the teacher s back is turned (= as soon as she cannot see them), they start messing… …   New idioms dictionary

  • back */*/*/ — I UK [bæk] / US adverb 1) a) in the direction that is behind you Don t look back, but there s a man following us. He asked us to move back a few yards. b) in a position where your back is leaning backwards lean/sit/lie back: She leant back in her …   English dictionary

  • back*/*/*/ — [bæk] adv I 1) returning to a place or position Put those CDs back where you found them.[/ex] Can we go back to what we were talking about earlier?[/ex] 2) returning to an earlier state or condition We re hoping things will be back to normal… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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