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Definition of "underside" []

  • The side or surface that is underneath; the bottom side. Also called undersurface. (noun)
  • The side that is less desirable, reputable, or noble than the obverse: "hunger, isolation, filth, the underside of [a] hellish regime” ( National Review). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "underside" in a sentence
  • "Of course, the underside is always the serious consequences of refusing the gift."
  • "Much of Dr. Boulding's scholarly work was grounded in what she called the underside of history -- the people and ideas that have been largely overlooked in narratives of the past."
  • "BROKAW: Well, there's always been that fascination with what I call the underside of life."