underpinning

[ uhn-der-pin-ing ]SEE DEFINITION OF underpinning

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNDERPINNING

Of all the generation of rogues, he was least fitted to barter away his underpinning.

If your underpinning is all right it is not difficult to be straight above.

After its underpinning in 1888 a thorough repair of it was undertaken.

For the moment he fancied that he would jerk bodily from off his underpinning.

The Cat, or Sow, was in constant use for mining and underpinning walls.

In fact, the use of underpinning at that time seems to have been uncommon.

The swift current tugged at the underpinning, threatening to carry it away.

With Penny holding the board, Mr. Parker nailed it to the underpinning.

As to the length of his underpinning, that was apparent also.

Your way of underpinning the track is pretty good, but I don't like that plan.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "action of supporting or strengthening from beneath," from under + present participle of pin (v.). Figurative sense of "prop, support" is recorded from 1580s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR UNDERPINNING

prop

nounsupport
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