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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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underground railroad

1. capitalized An organized network of secret workers, routes, and safe houses used to ferry escaped African-American slaves to free states or present-day Canada. A former slave herself, Harriet Tubman was an instrumental figure in the Underground Railroad, saving roughly 70 people from slavery over the course of 13 rescue missions.
2. By extension, any network of people working together secretly to help fugitives escape to places of safety and freedom. The human rights organization has begun operating an underground railroad in the third-world country to help human trafficking victims escape from bondage. A former slave herself, Harriet Tubman was an instrumental figure in the Underground Railroad

underground railroad

A secret network for moving and housing fugitives, as in There's definitely an underground railroad helping women escape abusive husbands. This term, dating from the first half of the 1800s, alludes to the network that secretly transported runaway slaves through the northern states to Canada. It was revived more than a century later for similar escape routes.

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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Teachers often have students first learn to dowse the easily perceived electrical energies associated with moving water, then have the students use their developing skills to sense weaker energies from underground electric cables or metal rebar.
The plan of operations also includes approval to place the resulting waste rock at surface, construct and operate settling ponds and a land disposal system for underground seepage waters and build any necessary facilities for below-surface excavation.
100 years of Metro is one of the many exhibitions organised by the Madrid underground on the occasion of its centenary, with the aim of bringing the underground up to the streets and ensuring that the people of Madrid could enjoy this historical milestone.
Sabrina proposed that the government first amend the Forestry Act to ban logging altogether, to conserve forests and ensure water supply, instead of digging for underground water.
While the bins go deep underground, only small intake columns are visible on the surface.
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The demand underground mining equipment is growing at a steady pace with increasing demand for coal, metal and minerals with rising population.
This work uses Richard Wright, KRS-One, Thelonius Monk, and the tradition of the Underground Railroad to explore the manifestations and the attributes of the underground (a multifaceted concept in African American culture) within the context of a more panoramic picture of African American expressivity within hip-hop.
Sounds of the Underground: A Cultural, Political, and Aesthetic Mapping of Underground and Fringe Music
AMERICAN UNDERGROUND, A CAMPUS THAT HOUSES small businesses and accelerators throughout Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina, established a bold goal to build the most diverse startup hub in the country.
The title of the event, Reducing Cost of Construction Underground Transmission Lines, is obviously an extremely important subject for the underground utility construction market.
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The EPA has awarded $465,000 to the Navajo Nation to oversee the cleanup of an estimated 58 leaking underground storage tanks that store petroleum or hazardous substances throughout the reservation.
Code Masr, a band which was formed by a group of university students in 2011, performs in Cairo Underground Festival in June.
With the underground cadastre that has recently started operating, records will be kept of the entire underground network and damages occurring in the course of construction works will be avoided.
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