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white-ant

[hwahyt-ant, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌænt, ˈwaɪt-/
verb (used with object), Australian Informal.
1.
to undermine or subvert from within.
Origin of white-ant
1915-1920
1915-20

white ant

noun
1.
Origin
1675-85
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  • In this the animals were surrounded and forced to pass before a white-ant hill on which Burt was posted with the camera.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • In the same spirit his companions speak of their white-ant existence without a shade of complaint.

    War Pierre Loti
  • This stopped him, and Goubasee and myself found him sitting up like a dog, close to a white-ant hill.

    Sport in Abyssinia Dermot Mayo
  • The white-ant hills here rise like castle-towers above the water of the marshes.

    Some Heroes of Travel W. H. Davenport Adams
British Dictionary definitions for white-ant

white ant

noun
1.
another name for termite
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