Word forms: backcloths
1. countable noun 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. [British] regional note: in AM, use backdrop 2. singular noun The backcloth of an event is the general situation in which it happens. [British, journalism, literary] [+ of] ⇒ I'm not impressed by the promise of tax cuts against the backcloth of a public-spending deficit.
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