undermine

[ US /ˈəndɝˌmaɪn/ ]
[ UK /ˌʌndəmˈa‍ɪn/ ]
VERB
  1. destroy property or hinder normal operations
    The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war
  2. hollow out as if making a cave or opening
    The river was caving the banks
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How To Use undermine In A Sentence

  • Committed by parents, teachers, priests or minders it undermines trust and dependency, disrupts relations with authority figures and can interfere with loving and learning.
  • Instead they have further undermined the economy by driving capital and foreign investors out of the country. Times, Sunday Times
  • Evidence such as this serves to undermine the apparently monolithic edifice of Victorianism.
  • Anything less than a convincing victory by Graham Taylor's team will undermine their chances of qualifying from Group 2.
  • The work of regulatory agencies was also undermined by budget cuts and a concerted unwillingness to enforce existing regulations.
  • Christie knows that the continuity in playing personnel is a major strength and it's not one he plans to undermine with a cut-price garage sale.
  • Memories are to be prized but not relied upon for they are always undermined by the imagination.
  • Second, if a Palestinian state is recognized along the 1967 lines in point of fact, nothing more than the 1949 armistice lines, this undermines UN Security Council Resolution 242 and 338 and the Camp David Accords, which call for a negotiated outcome and do not predetermine final boundaries. David Harris: Support Peace: Oppose Palestinian UN Gambit
  • Beware of a crafty person who undermines your achievement at work.
  • Lowe wrote claiming that Sutton was trying to undermine him and forge an alliance with the Founders.
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