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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Background.
 
Placed in the background, i.e. made of no consequence. Pictures have three distances, called grounds: the foreground, where the artist is supposed to be; the middle ground, where the most salient part of the picture is placed; and the background or distance, beyond which the eye cannot penetrate.   1
 


 BackgammonBack-hander. 

 
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