underpin

[ uhn-der-pin ]SEE DEFINITION OF underpin
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNDERPIN

We underpin our houses with granite; what 30 of our habits and our lives?

There were laws upon laws, endeavours to underpin the framework of a decaying society.

There was a matter of underpinning for a start, but it costs money to underpin the west end of a cathedral.

I resumed: Further we must underpin the runners and work up the earth herring-wise.

Serious settlements had taken place, and rendered it necessary to underpin the walls.

They found the hole in which Mrs. Higgs had stepped, and the pole which had been used to underpin the middle boards.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s (figurative); 1530s (literal), from under + pin (v.). Related: Underpinned; underpinning.

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