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underpinnings


noun

  1. a system of supports beneath a wall or the like.
  2. Often underpinnings. a foundation or basis: to uncover the emotional underpinnings of an illness.
  3. underpinnings, Informal.
    1. underwear, especially women’s underwear.
    2. the legs.

pl n

  1. any supporting structure or system

noun

  1. a structure of masonry, concrete, etc, placed beneath a wall to provide support

n.late 15c., “action of supporting or strengthening from beneath,” from under + present participle of pin (v.). Figurative sense of “prop, support” is recorded from 1580s.

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