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Turn one’s back on someone vs When someone’s back is turned

turn one’s back on someone—abandon or ignore smb.; refuse to support a person:

  • When he seemed to turn his back on me I felt bereft, really. But then one day he rang up and I could hear his voice shaking with emotion.

when someone’s back is turned—do smth. when a person is not present or looking:

  • If they’re saying this about Fred, what are they saying about me when my back is turned?

Note: Neither expression correlates in meaning with the phrase see the back of someone—be pleased when smb. leaves because one does not like the person:

  • I wasn’t sorry to see the back of Suzy after what she did, but it really broke my heart to let Ziggy go.