underneath

underneath
1 preposition, adverb
1 directly under or below another object, used especially when one thing is covering or hiding another: It's near where the railway goes underneath the road. | A translation was written underneath.
—see under 1
2 if someone is nice, shy, etc underneath, they really are nice, etc even though their behaviour shows a different character: She seems aggressive, but underneath she's pretty shy.
2 noun BrE the underneath the bottom surface of something, or the part of something that is below or under something else: We need to paint the underneath with a rust preventer.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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