What does "backdrop" mean? How can I use this word?
"Backdrop" in this case means the general situation that is occurring. It isn't very common to use "backdrop" this way. It typically means a literal background of some kind, such as for photography or for a play. This is the only time that I have heard it used to mean a general situation. Ex: Her grandparents met against the backdrop of famine. Ex: We had a fun time against the backdrop of uncertainty.