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or 'neath  (nēth)
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(niːθ) or


archaic short for beneath
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(bɪˈniθ, -ˈnið)

1. in or to a lower position; below.
2. underneath.
3. below; under: beneath the same roof.
4. farther down than: The drawer beneath the top one.
5. lower down on a slope than: beneath the crest of a hill.
6. less important than; inferior to, as in rank or power: A captain is beneath a major.
7. below the level or dignity of: behavior beneath contempt.
[before 900; Middle English benethe, Old English beneothan <be- be- + neothan below]
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References in classic literature ?
When the dole was ended, laughingly she said, Master, of a million mouths, is not one unfed?" Laughing, Shiv made answer, "All have had their part, Even he, the little one, hidden 'neath thy heart." From her breast she plucked it, Parbati the thief, Saw the Least of Little Things gnawed a new-grown leaf!
'Neath which thy slumb'ring sould lies hid, That o'er the floor and down the wall, Like ghosts the shadows rise and fall!
Even thus, Eaglelike, pantherlike, Are the poet's desires, Are THINE OWN desires 'neath a thousand guises, Thou fool!
"Sweet the song, the story sweet, There is no man hearkens it, No man living 'neath the sun, So outwearied, so foredone, Sick and woful, worn and sad, But is healed, but is glad
2) Speech and the wind-swift speed of counsel and civic wit, He hath learnt for himself all these; and the arrowy rain to fly And the nipping airs that freeze, 'neath the open winter sky.
Next I got to itching under- neath. I didn't know how I was going to set still.
Born under Syrian skies, 'Neath hotter suns than ours; The children grew and bloomed, Like little tropic flowers.
The little grave where her infant sleeps Is 'neath the chestnut tree.
Seth and Helen walked through the streets be- neath the trees.
Now 'neath his dam the fawn may see, The lean Pack-wolf as cowed as he, And the tall buck, unflinching, note The fangs that tore his father's throat.
There was on it, below her name in big letters, a lot of scroll work, with the gilt off, and some sort of a coat of arms, with the motto 'Do or Die' under- neath. I remember it took my fancy immensely.
His Sea in no showing the same - his Sea and the same 'neath all showing -