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“underhaul” is not listed in dictionaries.

Did I spell it wrong? Or is it slang?

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    Can you give examples, or quote a published work or internet source where it's used in a clear sense? – Leon Conrad Feb 18 '14 at 9:36
  • Are you claiming that it appears in no dictionaries? – Edwin Ashworth Feb 18 '14 at 9:42
  • I thought it might have been in the Urban Dictionary, but it isn't. – Barrie England Feb 18 '14 at 9:44
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    Sounds like a direct syllable translation from Dutch Onderhoud - I have only ever heard of overhaul – mplungjan Feb 18 '14 at 9:46
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a non-accepted word. – anongoodnurse Feb 18 '14 at 10:01
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My guess is you do not find it for the same reason you will (I think) not find the following words and expressions either:

Underview
Underall
It's all under the place
Underseer
Game under!

The explanation being that "under"is not always the antonym of "over".

In the same way, you won't find:

Something is over investigation

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    You're right (and mplungjan was also right), I translated from Dutch to literally, I should have used "overhaul". – Blaise Feb 18 '14 at 11:27
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Probably because there is insufficient evidence for its use.

  • According to innersting.blogspot 'underhaul' is a member of "words and sayings that people make up and mangle.... You hear them everyday!" Though this seems to confer 'word status' on it, something I'd contest. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 18 '14 at 9:37
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Converting my comment to an answer

Sounds like a direct syllable translation from the Dutch Onderhoud - I have only ever heard of overhaul which may match translation of this word

Overhaul nounˈōvərˌhôl/

a thorough examination of machinery or a system, with repairs or changes made if necessary.

Where as the ACTUAL translation of Onderhoud is Maintenance

the process of maintaining or preserving someone or something, or the state of being maintained.

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