- to prop up or support from below; strengthen, as by reinforcing a foundation.
- to replace or strengthen the foundation of (a building or the like).
- to furnish a foundation for; corroborate: The author's conclusions are underpinned by references to experimental findings.
Origin of underpin
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Examples from the Web for underpin
It is also their pattern to ignore the political problems that underpin the bad military performances of our “good guys.”Here's How to Dig Out of This 'Stupid Sh*t' U.S. Foreign Policy
Leslie H. Gelb
August 13, 2014
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.The Burglars' Club
Henry A. Hering
I resumed: Further we must underpin the runners and work up the earth herring-wise.The Mercy of Allah
Serious settlements had taken place, and rendered it necessary to underpin the walls.Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles
Daniel Hack Tuke
- to support from beneath, esp by a prop, while avoiding damaging or weakening the superstructureto underpin a wall
- to give corroboration, strength, or support to
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Word Origin and History for underpin
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