1. (orig. US) involved with, concerned about, believing in.
|Iron Man 22: The fans are behind him, in spite of his colour.|
|We are the People Our Parents Warned Us Against 89: I’m behind everything, grass, acid, STP, speed, alcohol.|
|Thumb Tripping (1971) 93: The others weren’t into methedrine [...] They were behind dex.|
|Serial 9: People were getting behind marriage again.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 229: behind 1. Because of. 2. Involved with, in sympathy with.|
2. (US black) as a result of, as a consequence of, in reference to.
|Corner Boy 39: I’d get mad behind anybody goofing over you.|
|On the Yard (2002) 107: I even got religion once. I steady schemed on that church [...] Domino, they gave me a parole behind it.|
|After Hours 13: Only junk comin’ in is [...] behind them spook Air Force sergeants from Nam.|
|Muscle for the Wing 53: I don’t like the way I talk behind that shit.|
|Hard Candy (1990) 162: The guys who bet with us thought we got lucky behind an OD.|
|Corner (1998) 179: By Fran’s reckoning [he] should still be locked up behind that charge.|
|Shame the Devil 105: You got no bank account, Lonnie, so don’t be frontin’ behind that shit.|
|Wire ser. 1 ep. 2 [TV script] It’s wrong, you know, that they lost their daddy behind what happened.‘The Detail’|
|Life 487: You couldn’t tour behind a record like the old days.|
3. (orig. US) in full understanding of.
|Hippie Trip 191: He should leave because he’s not behind it enough to stay.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|implied in get behind|
4. (orig. US) excited by, obsessed with.
|Queens’ Vernacular 110: in love with a person [...] hung up behind one (‘You’re only hung up behind him because he has tattoos on his tool.’).|
|Angel Dust 78: Getting ‘fucked up’ (very high and rowdy) (‘behind’) on a drug.et al.|
1. (US) to start smoking or drinking.
|Log of Commodore Rollingpin 15: Dennis soon found himself stationed behind ten cents’ worth of a two-bit Havana [HDAS].|
|Playboy Feb. 29: Get behind an A & C Grenadier [i.e. a cigar] [HDAS].|
2. to make a commitment to an idea, a job, a person etc.
|N.-Y. Trib. 20 Sept. n.p.: Irrespective of party, good citizens should get behind candidates who are clean and honest [DA].|
|Gentleman of Leisure 19: The minimum in an institution is nine months, but the superintendent and the supervisor got behind me and I only stayed for four.|
|Serial 16: She ‘couldn’t get behind one-hour lunch breaks’.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 239: get behind 1. Get involved with. 2. Get interested in.|
3. (also groove behind) to understand, to enjoy, to appreciate [groove v. (2)].
|Snakes (1971) 33: I be’s groovin behind what’s swishin round up in my dome, dig it?|
|Serial 90: Wait till you taste Melior [...] You won’t be able to get behind Chex any more.|
|Union Dues (1978) 277: You get behind what I’m sayin’?|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 154: Some jerkoff wanting footage of his woman getting fucked and having it off with another woman. So, all right, she could get behind that.|
|Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] Frank was just expressing himself and that was an idea I could get behind.|
|Finders Keepers (2016) 29: I could get behind some of those peanut butter crackers.|
SE in slang uses
(US) to any extent, under any circumstances; usu. in phr. I wouldn’t trust (someone) behind a dime.
|On Language 18 Jan. [synd. col.] Behind a dime, absolutely anywhere, as in ‘I wouldn’t trust him behind a dime.’.|
see back of God speed under back adv.
(UK prison) locked up in solitary confinement; also as an order, behind your doors! get into your cell!
|Frying-Pan 103: Any daft trivial thing I can think of [...] to make sure I’m not behind my own door before everyone else is.|
|Inside 36: Every officer in the place threw themselves into the mêlée, screaming Behind your doors!|
|Layer Cake 274: You’re doing life plus twenty, hard time, behind the door.|
out of date, out of fashion, not up with the latest situation.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
(W.I.) begging, harassing, pressurizing.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|
(orig. US black) old-fashioned, passé.
|Hand-made Fables 256: Evidently you are behind the Parade.|
a phr. describing anyone in authority, esp. a police officer or prison warder.
|in Little Legs 192: behind the ramp someone in authority; prison officers; housing officers; policemen behind a reception desk – the ramp is the obstacle between them and the citizen.|
(US black) a drug seller’s place of business, thus the weighing and selling of the drug.
|(con. 1982–6) Cocaine Kids (1990) 18: I know I fucked up and made some vicious mistakes when I was behind the scale.|
|Crackhouse 82: One night I went and there was this little kid behind the scale who I didn’t know. [Ibid. ] 146: behind the scale – weighing and selling cocaine.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 3: Behind the scale — To weigh and sell cocaine.|
(US Und.) in prison.
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 20: No way for [...] you to go behind the walls [...] without being touched up.|
|Hard Candy (1990) 10: he man who helped raise me inside the walls.|
|Prison Sl. 5: Behind the Walls Almost every maximum security prison has a concrete or brick wall, ranging in height from 25 to 40 feet surrounding the prison grounds. These prisons are known as the walls. Inmates in these institutions are referred to as being in the walls or behind the walls.|
|Hell to Pay 116: He didn’t want to go down on something as mundane as grand theft. A charge like that was a bitch charge, and it bought you no respect inside the walls.|
|What It Was 108: You get inside those walls, you learn.(con. 1972)|
(US black) to argue with something, to contradict the facts.
|Novels and Stories (1995) 1001: You can’t go behind a fact like that.‘Story in Harlem Sl.’ in|