Cause to vanish, overwhelm, as in The independent bookstores are being plowed under by the large chains. This term alludes to the farmer's burying vegetation by turning it into the soil with a plow. [Second half of 1900s]
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“The institution of marraige [sic] is under attack in our society and it needs to be strengthened,” Bush wrote.
It is grandstanding for a right rarely protected unless under immediate attack.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Price for adults to $4250; From 10 years to 14 years to $2125; Under 10 years free,” the listing says.
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And that means they also fall under the umbrella of programs most likely to get the axe when state and federal budgets are tight.
Under the one-sixth they appear as slender, highly refractive fibers with double contour and, often, curled or split ends.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
The Pontellier and Ratignolle compartments adjoined one another under the same roof.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The Majesty on high has a colony and a people on earth, which otherwise is under the supremacy of the Evil One.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
Poor Squinty ran and tried to hide under the straw, for he knew the boy was talking about him.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
For several months he remained under a political cloud, charged with incompetency to quell the Philippine Rebellion.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman