V under n
V under nThe verb is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of under and a noun group.This pattern has one structure:
Verb with prepositional ObjectHe is smarting under his recent humiliation.
|Verb group||under||noun group|
|Many campaigners||have been labouring||under||an illusion.|
Verbs with other meaningsStructure information
Most verbs with this pattern indicate that someone is experiencing something troublesome, worrying, or upsetting, or indicate how they are coping with it.
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Did your informant say how the cosmonauts were bearing up under this psychological pressure, which must quite considerable?
Mr White resigned two weeks ago amid reports that he was chafing under the company's new ownership.
But last summer's recovery was aborted for one simple reason: consumers were groaning under the weight of cripplingly high interest rates.