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noun [countable]     undercurrent pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    a current that moves below the surface or below another current in the sea or a river
  2. 2
    a feeling that exists and affects how people behave, but is not obvious or stated directly
    undercurrent of:

    An undercurrent of tension pervaded the proceedings.

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