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beneath (someone or something)
1. In a physically lower position than someone or something. A: "Where are your towels?" B: "They're beneath the bed linens in the closet next to the bathroom." You'll be sleeping in the bunk beneath your brother.
2. Of a lower rank or position than someone or something else. Remember that you are beneath me in the hierarchy of power, Corporal. So you would do well to watch your tone of voice. She couldn't stand being beneath Tom after his promotion. He was just so infuriatingly arrogant about it.
3. Unsuitable to someone's or something's rank, dignity, or moral upbringing. He felt it was beneath someone of his royal lineage to associate with commoners. I knew there had to be someone acting on their own. Such a despicable act is beneath even a greedy company like FlemCo. Don't get drawn into such a petty fight with the likes of him, Tom. It's beneath you.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
under something. (*Typically: be ~; sit ~.) What is that beneath the table? The cat is beneath the piano.
too shameful for a polite person to do. That kind of thing is beneath Fred. I'm appalled that he did it. That sort of foul language is beneath you!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
- below the surface
- below/beneath the surface
- beneath (one's) dignity
- beneath (someone or something)
- beneath (the/someone's) radar
- beneath contempt
- beneath dignity
- beneath somebody's dignity
- beneath the salt
- beneath the surface
- beneath your dignity
- drop beneath the/(one's) radar
- fall beneath
- fall beneath (something)
- feel it beneath
- feel it beneath (one) to (do something)
- fly beneath (the/someone's) radar
- let the grass grow beneath (one's) feet
- look beneath the surface
- marry below oneself
- marry beneath (one's) station
- marry beneath (oneself)
- not let the grass grow beneath (one's) feet
- pin (someone or something) beneath (someone or something)
- pin beneath
- scratch beneath the surface
- sit beneath the salt
- slip beneath the/(one's) radar
- work beneath (someone or something)