Prepositional Phrases – Under

–  Prepositional Phrases – Under  –

An Alphabetical list of English Prepositional Phrases using the word “Under”  –  If you do not see the Phrase that you are looking for, please let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to add it for you at my earliest convenience.


  • (to) Fall Under – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal-Verb which is used to express that something is classified with-in a certain specific group.  The use of the words, “fall” & “under” can only be speculated but probably has to do with the visual representation of categorizing things withing lists that are written with a heading at the top for the category.  As-such, each “thing” that is listed (“falls”) in that category is done-so “under” the heading.

“This particular Phrasal-Verb falls under the category of those which have no clear explanation for their specific name.”

  • (to be) Snowed Under – This prepositional phrase is an idiomatic adjective phrase which means:  To be so incredibly busy, that one can do nothing else but to deal with that situation “at hand”.  Imagine behind in a snow storm that is so severe that it completely buries the door of your house, it will be nearly impossible to do anything else (that requires you leaving your house) than to deal with that situation.  That’s where this phrase comes from…  “I absolutely can not “take on” any more work right now.  I’m completely *snowed under* with the work I have.”

  • (to be) Under The Weather – This is an Idiomatic Prepositional Adjectival Phrase used to describe when a person is not feeling very well, but is not necessarily sick from any virus or bacterial infection.  The phrase comes from the fact that many people feel this way when there is a drastic change in the weather – such as when the seasons change.  However, this phrase is often used by people as reason for not wanting to go to work

  • (something is) Water Under The Bridge – This is an idiomatic noun phrase to describe something that, though at the time, caused much pain, anger, upset, etc., happened so long in the past or is no longer thought of with resentment, that it is like *water under the bridge*.  Meaning:  As water flowing in a river never stays in the same place and even with a slow moving river, is gone soon after it passes under the bridge – so too do the feelings of resentment about this situation that this phrase describes.

  • Went Under – This is a phrase used to talk about a company or a business that has failed completely and gone “out of business”; a permanent failure.  The term comes from what we do to people when they die.  They “go under” the ground (and of course, death is a permanent failure of life.)  “The company *went under* because of poor management.”

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