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    relegate to the background

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    “We’re investigating a murder,” the judge reprimanded. “Your personal feelings are to be relegated to the background, sir. You’re a witness”.

    relegate to the background = drive/ push/ throw/ thrust/ put into the background

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: relegate to the background

    Not a teacher only a native.

    Your interpretation is somewhat right, it means to ignore something or not take into account. In this case it is the personal feelings of the witness, which may interfere with a case, so they should do their best to ignore them to focus on the facts. In your example the witness may be bias if they allow personal feelings to get involved.

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