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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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backclothback‧cloth /ˈbæk-klɒθ $ -klɒːθ/ noun [countable] especially British English  1 APTa backdrop(3)2 CONDITION/STATE OF somethinga backdrop(2)
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backclothThe objective, in turn, provides a backcloth against which to make choices about how best to behave.This novel and distinctive economic backcloth to the inter-war years had a number of important consequences for town planning.Given a positive backcloth, constructive and honest appraisal is a challenging process, not something to be feared.So design one on the same scale as the backcloth.The distant mountains form the backcloth of an opera set.This is the backcloth to the dramatic events that were soon to follow.
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