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cut the ground from under(neath) (one's) feet

To suddenly cause problems for one. I plan to cut the ground from underneath the prosecutor's feet with this line of questioning.
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peek underneath (something)

1. To peer, glimpse, or glance under (something) quickly, shyly, or inconspicuously. I peeked underneath the rug to see if my toddler had hidden anything there. Sarah was peeking underneath the curtains trying to find our cat.
2. To be revealed partially from underneath something. I hate the way my shirt peeks underneath my jacket like that! I tried to cover up the graffiti with black paint, but there was still a bit of color peeking underneath it.
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peep underneath (something)

1. To peer, glimpse, or glance under (something) quickly, shyly, or inconspicuously. I peeped underneath the rug to see if my toddler had hidden anything there. Sarah was peeping underneath the curtains trying to find our cat.
2. To be revealed partially from underneath something. I hate the way my shirt peeps underneath my jacket like that! I tried to cover up the graffiti with black paint, but there was still a bit of color peeping underneath it.
See also: peep, underneath

peer underneath (something)

To glance, look, or stare underneath something, especially in an intent, inquisitive, or searching manner. Peer underneath the bed and see if my keys are down there. She stood peering underneath the front porch looking for her cat.
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pin (someone or something) underneath (someone or something)

To restrain or immobilize someone or something underneath someone or something else. Often used in passive constructions. The earthquake pinned me underneath a fallen beam. He was pinned underneath the giant wrestler. I pinned the trap underneath a hefty boulder to keep it from being blown away.
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References in classic literature ?
HE found a door in a wall; but it was locked, and there was no room for a fat little rabbit to squeeze underneath.
He slipped underneath the gate, and was safe at last in the wood outside the garden.
In this country, as in all others they had visited underneath the earth's surface, there was no night, a constant and strong light coming from some unknown source.
In front of them, underneath the terrace, was a little iron gate, held open now by Meekins, who had gone on ahead and dismounted from his bicycle.
While Little John from underneath his bushy covert had much ado to keep from roaring aloud in pure joy.
He drew portraits, with a piece of coal, of the cardinal; and as his talents did not enable him to produce a very good likeness, he wrote under the picture that there might be little doubt regarding the original: "Portrait of the Illustrious Coxcomb, Mazarin." Monsieur de Chavigny, the governor of Vincennes, waited upon the duke to request that he would amuse himself in some other way, or that at all events, if he drew likenesses, he would not put mottoes underneath them.
She had thrown off her slippers, and one long, slender foot was exposed; the other was doubled up underneath her body.
Underneath was a man of iron, square-jawed, nervous, forceful.
He never took all the straw away, and the smell from what lay underneath was very bad; while the strong vapors that rose made my eyes smart and inflame, and I did not feel the same appetite for my food.
And the pushmi-pullyu would stay inside the wagon, while the other animals would lie about underneath. The Doctor sat in a chair in front taking the sixpences and smiling on the people as they went in; and Dab-Dab was kept busy all the time scolding him because he would let the children in for nothing when she wasn't looking.