Underming for personal gain

: undermining

  1. 1.

erode the base or foundation of (a rock formation).

"the flow of water had undermined pillars supporting the roof"


erode, wear away, eat away at, chip away, undercut  "the damp had so undermined the structure that the wall fell down"


shore up, support

  • dig or excavate beneath (a building or fortification) so as to make it collapse."the demolition engineers did eventually undermine two of the tower's six sides"


tunnel under, dig under, burrow under, excavate, sap  "we had no other way to break in but by undermining the building"

  1. 2. lessen the effectiveness, power, or ability of, especially gradually or insidiously."this could undermine years of hard work"


subvert, sabotage, threaten, weaken, compromise, diminish, reduce, impair, mar, spoil, ruin, impede, hinder, damage, hurt, injure, cripple, disable, enfeeble, sap, shake; More

whittle away, eat away;

informalfoul up, botch, put the kibosh on, drag through the mud;

informalthrow a spanner in the works of, queer the pitch of;

informalthrow a monkey wrench in the works of

"the integrity of government statistics is being undermined"


enhance, improve, strengthen



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