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    "laugh in the backdrop"

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    Kindly, what does
    "laugh in the backdrop" mean?


    Should that fail to materialize, this immense state is doomed to continue sinking and facing ideological confusion, as the anarchy created by the country itself
    laughs in the backdrop.

    Source:Arabs in love with anarchy - Israel Opinion, Ynetnews

    Last edited by Odessa Dawn; 18-Sep-2012 at 08:35. Reason: Word Order

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    Re: "laugh in the backdrop"

    It looks like a mis-remembered idiom: 'laugh in the background'. The original image is of a theatre, with some characters being angry or upset at the front of the stage and others 'laughing in the background'. A related idiom is 'laughing in the wings' - where the audience can't see the laughers but the main players can.

    The theatre has given us another idiom: 'as a backdrop to <noun>'. This sort of 'backdrop' is painted two-dimensional scenery. But the idiom refers to anything that 'sets the scene'.

    It looks as though the writers of that piece have mixed the two idioms together. (You can't have 'in the backdrop', bcause - going back to the non-figurative meaning - the backdrop is two-dimensional!)

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