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Beneath the Surface

What Does "Beneath the Surface" Mean?

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"Beneath the surface" is an English idiom. It means "below what is visible or obvious."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "beneath the surface" used in a sentence:
  • Beneath the surface, he's really a kind-hearted man.
  • There are deeper issues here beneath the surface.
  • She seems calm, but there's a lot going on beneath the surface.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Beneath the Surface" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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