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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 referred to the US State Department spokesman, Morgan Ortagus, argument which said: 'We condemn those whose acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption harmed Nigerians or undermined the democratic process.'
Dave Penman, of the First Division Association, which represents senior civil servants said members felt undermined.
Trust is undermined, predictability is undermined and it becomes more difficult to do business," the president added.
"It is deeply disturbing that the initial steps of the talks have been undermined by the continuous lack of sufficient humanitarian access, and by a sudden increase of aerial bombing and military activities within Syria," Ban told a donor conference.
But the move has sparked outrage with Mr Givan and the Evangelical Alliance claiming it undermined the current public consultation on abortion laws.
In the North East survey, as many as 93% of GPs and practice managers said they felt the health service was being deliberately undermined, with an average response of one doctor or practice manager per medical surgery in Newcastle and North Tyneside.
Regional Leadership: March Revolution beacon of independence, resistance in the region In turn, al-Bth Party Regional Leadership said that the March revolution is a renewable process that cannot be destroyed or undermined.
"The FA Cup has been undermined in many ways and in many quarters, for varying reasons - but we certainly won't ever undermine it," said Dalglish.
But in his resignation speech, Mr Hillman said the "skullduggery" of several colleagues and the events of the past few months had undermined his role to the point where he could no longer function as leader.
"The prisoners cited in those documents are Iraqis, and such measures have undermined human rights..We had repeatedly announced that some security offices do not possess the right of investigation and detentions, but they insisted to carry them out," he said.
Global Banking News-16 June 2010-RBI governor says crisis has undermined independence of central banks(C)2010 ENPublishing - http://www.enpublishing.co.uk