Undercurrent meaning

ŭn'dər-kûr'ənt, -kŭr'-
A current, as of air or water, below another current or beneath a surface.
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An underlying tendency, force, or influence often contrary to what is superficially evident.
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A current, as of water or air, flowing below another or beneath the surface.
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An underlying tendency, opinion, etc., usually one that is kept hidden and not expressed openly.
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A current which flows under the surface.

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(figuratively) A tendency of feeling or opinion that is concealed rather than exposed.
  • 2012 May 9, Jonathan Wilson, “Europa League: Radamel Falcao's Atlético Madrid rout Athletic Bilbao", the Guardian.
    Although the crowd was predominantly red-and-white, there was also a Romanian flavour, which these days in football terms tends to mean there is at least an undercurrent of discontent.

The meeting was pervaded with an undercurrent of dread, as the managers tried not to admit firings were looming.

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