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undercurrent (plural undercurrents)

  1. a current which flows under the surface
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)
  2. (figuratively) A tendency of feeling or opinion that is concealed rather than exposed.
    • George Eliot
      All the while there was a busy undercurrent in her.
    The meeting was pervaded with an undercurrent of dread, as the managers tried not to admit firings were looming.
    • 2012 May 9, Jonathan Wilson, “Europa League: Radamel Falcao's Atlético Madrid rout Athletic Bilbao”, in the Guardian[1]:
      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.