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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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Kaa led up to the ruins of the queens' pavilion that stood on the terrace, slipped over the rubbish, and dived down the half- choked staircase that went underground from the centre of the pavilion.
Mansha Bomb went underground after the apex court ordered his arrest while hearing a petition of an overseas Pakistani about the police `reluctance' to take action against Mansha, who had allegedly grabbed his property.
A total of 38 artisanal miners went underground across the two mines, state broadcaster ZBC reported.
Police arrested brother of Atif Arain although Atif and Haji went underground. Family members of Farman lodged a case of the incident and demanded to arrest of the accused men in the incident.
Tehreek-e-Labbaik Islam head Dr Ashraf Asif Jalali went underground and issued a video message completely disassociating himself and his party from Khadim Rizvi's TLP.
By DEREK BELLIS Daily Post Correspondent welshnews@dailypost.co.uk A MAN who went underground after being convicted of sexual assault has admitted failing to follow the rules laid down for registered sex offenders.
According to other sources in PML-N, Mr Safdar went underground to escape arrest by NAB or Hazara police.
NURSING home staff went underground in a bid to boost a local hospice.
In response to the recent sad news of the miners who died, I want to tell you about when I went underground aged 17 (I am now 90).
On direction of federal government the provincial government froze assets of terrorists who went underground after Operation Rah-e-Rast.
In reply to him, we were never told about any of the risks when we went underground. Aged 74 now, I did my training as a miner in Oakdale colliery in the early 1950s, so did a lot of my school friends.
Sources said he went underground to escape deportation as his PIO card stood cancelled and he did not have any travel document.
Beirut -- The violence of the Lebanese summer never really went away--it just went underground. On November 21, it erupted again in an episode where history repeated itself.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Anna went underground at Grand Central Station to save 300 cats.
Kathy went underground for the next decade, advancing her cause with an occasional bombing, living in the actor Jon Voight's houseboat, finding shelter in safe houses wherever she went.