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go underground

1. To conceal oneself in a hidden place or at a hidden location so as to avoid discovery or detection, especially by figures of authority. Many political dissidents have gone underground now that the government has begun its violent crackdown on opposing parties. The agent had to go underground after his cover was blown.
2. To operate or function without being detected by someone or something, especially a body or figures of authority. The distributors of the pro-socialist pamphlets seem to have gone underground ever since they started attracting the attention of the feds.
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go underground

in. to go into hiding; to begin to operate in secret. The entire operation went underground, and we heard no more about it.
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The new PS210 million plant will also cut the amount of landfill refuse going underground each year by one-fifth.
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The Public Gets What The Public Wants - named after the famous line from their 1982 hit Going Underground - tour features original Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, voted by NME as the seventh Most Influential Of All Time and will call to the Tramshed on November 24.
The Public Gets What The Public Wants - named after the famous line from their 1982 hit Going Underground - the tour features original Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, voted by NME as the seventh Most Influential Of All Time and will call to the Tramshed on November 24.
Electric distribution lines have been going underground at a rapid pace for years.
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Playing the All Mod Cons album in its entirety, with the rest of the set bulked up with other hits and the occasional Foxton solo track, the trio cranked through songs such as Going Underground and Eton Rifles at a fair pitch, with Foxton's bass as muscular and fluid as ever.
Amid heavy restrictions designed to safeguard the species, the trade in caviar is increasingly going underground.
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Residents of the city of Tulkarm, where Harouish had lived before going underground, said he had also been wanted by the Palestinian Authority's security forces.
The pictures include one of miners posing at the No 1 shaft before going underground, a pony on sports day on the sports field in the mid 1960s, the last cage up at the colliery in July 1969, and the Rising Sun Colliery Legionnaires Juvenile Jazz Band in 1966.
The tune, taken from the film The Life Of Brian, beat competition from The Jam's Going Underground and The Animals' We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.