from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To work in the underbush, as in clearing.
  • n. Same as under-brush.


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  • He did not bother to hang it on a tree, but flung it into the underbush.


  • Up ahead I saw a bunch of cattle on a hillside full of rocky cliffs and cactus and underbush.

    Crazy Loco Love

  • It'll be interesting to see if Obama can clear away the underbush and get to some real issues.

    More Bad News for Obama - Swampland -

  • In strolling through the jungle, towards my camp, I detected the forms of two natives looking sharply about them, and, after bidding my young attendants to preserve perfect quiet, I crept on towards them, and, by the aid of a thick clump of underbush, managed to arrive within a few feet of the natives undetected.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • Presently I came to a place where it went out, but appeared again on the other side of a clump of underbush fairly distinctly.

    Travels in West Africa

  • Letting the eyes follow along the course of the stream, they could catch the reflected light from its water, at some short distance within the forest, but soon lost all traces of it amid the bewilderment of tree-trunks and underbush, and here and there a huge rock covered over with gray lichens.

    The Scarlet Letter

  • But he leaped across the plashy places, thrust himself through the clinging underbush, climbed the ascent, plunged into the hollow, and overcame, in short, all the difficulties of the track, with an unweariable activity that astonished him.

    The Scarlet Letter

  • Charlie disappeared into the underbush, came out fairly promptly with a suit that seemed to consist mostly of vulcanized patches.

    The Rolling Stones

  • The party had left the low and marshy land of the true jungle, and were among the foothills, though all about them was dense forest and underbush, which, in reality, was as much a jungle as the lower plains, but was less wet.

    Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders, or, the Underground Search for the Idol of Gold

  • The use of their pocket electric lights was a great help, and possibly served to ward off the attacks of jungle beasts, for as they tramped along they could hear stealthy sounds in the underbush on either side of the path, as though tigers were stalking them.

    Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders, or, the Underground Search for the Idol of Gold


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