white antwhite ant
(plural white ants)
- (informal) A termite.
The term has the potential to mislead. A white ant is not an ant, although its form and behaviour appear to suggest a relationship. The term termite is generally preferred, especially in scientific contexts.
(third-person singular simple present white-ants, present participle white-anting, simple past and past participle white-anted)
- (Australia, colloquial) To bring down from within; to undermine.
- The white-anting of ATSIC has been brought about by the usual suspects.
- If someone undermines you at work you might say they were "white-anting" you.
From white ant (“termite"), suggesting the action of termites eating the inside of wooden building foundations, often leaving no outward evidence until the structure begins to crumble.