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undermine

[¦ən·dər¦mīn]
(mining engineering)
To excavate the earth beneath, especially for the purpose of causing to fall; to form a mine under.
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It seemed like a happily-ever-after ending until someone called the Underminer declared "war on peace and happiness."
Don't miss them save the world from the villainous Underminer.
Assange, who is praised in some circles for exposing government secrets and castigated by others as an underminer of some nations' security, offered Damore a job.
Indeed, Marlowe's writings, like Ovid's, may delight in presenting 'emotionally bizarre perspectives', but these can obscure 'a rather steely core of conventional morality that belies his somewhat fanciful critical reputation as a rebel, transgressor, and underminer of tradition' (p.
The Congress has been its own chief underminer, on many fronts.
If you have been a manager for awhile, you know exactly who I mean: the nasty but quiet office gossip, the "underminer," the employee who barely gets by.
The New York Times reports today, in part quoting anonymous American intelligence officials, that Stuxnet, the mysterious computer worm reportedly disrupting Iran's nuclear program, is the result of a multiyear Israeli-American collaboration that involved creating a replica of Iranian centrifuges at the secret Israeli nuclear facility in Dimona and testing the worm (which, remember, contains references to Esther, the historic Jewish underminer of Persian power).
They have in common the idea of Jew as underminer or betrayer.
In each of the cases he examines, Manor claims that the Forward revealed itself to be an agent of political conservatism and an underminer of the left.
Such a solution of the old dilemma of freedom in a world of law means that when the law of causality is replaced by the principle of uncertainty, Socrates' indictment of science as the underminer of morality no longer applies.
He has performed four solo shows--Mike Albo, Spray, Please Everything Burst and My Price Point--and is the author of two novels, Hornito: My Lie Life and The Underminer, which he wrote with Virginia Heffernan.