below/beneath the surface

below the surface

The deeper aspects of something, as opposed to the traits that are most easily identified. When you write your book reports, please look below the surface of the text and analyze the author's stylistic choices.
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beneath the surface

The deeper aspects of something, as opposed to the traits that are most easily identified. When you write your book reports, please look beneath the surface of the text and analyze the author's stylistic choices.
See also: beneath, surface

below/beneath the ˈsurface

what you cannot see but can only guess at or feel: She seems very calm but beneath the surface I’m sure that she’s very upset.Beneath the surface of this beautiful city there is terrible poverty and suffering, which tourists never see.
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