above ground

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above +‎ ground


Prepositional phrase[edit]

above ground

  1. On or above the surface of the ground.
    • 1861, Charles Reade, chapter 60, in The Cloister and the Hearth:
      "This place Rome? It is but the tomb of mighty Rome." He showed Gerard . . . the gigantic vestiges of antiquity that peeped aboveground here and there.
    • 2012 March-April, Anna Lena Phillips, “Sneaky Silk Moths”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 2, page 172:
      Last spring, the periodical cicadas emerged across eastern North America. Their vast numbers and short above-ground life spans inspired awe and irritation in humans—and made for good meals for birds and small mammals.
  2. (figurative) Not dead and buried; alive.
    • 1992, David Webb Peoples, Unforgiven, screenplay:
      Alice: I told you, he don't have no wife, not aboveground, anyhow.
  3. Not of or relating to the social or political underground; in the open; existing within or produced by the establishment.
    • 2003, Henry Jenkins III, ‎Tara McPherson, ‎Jane Shattuc, Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture (page 228)
      More disturbing was that zines and underground culture didn't seem to be any sort of threat to this aboveground world.
    • 2006, Watching What You Eat (in Indianapolis Monthly, March 2006, page 82)
      And they argue that if aboveground activists continue to express public sympathy for their underground counterparts []
    • 2014, Stephen Duncombe, Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture:
      But there is yet another interlocutor that precedes the underground culture of zines: the aboveground world of straight society.




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