un·​der·​draw·​ing | \ ˈən-dər-ˌdrȯ-iŋ How to pronounce underdrawing (audio) \

Definition of underdrawing

: a preliminary sketch made on a surface (such as a canvas or panel) prior to painting

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Lorenzo’s contribution seems certain — certain tics of his appear, such as hooked lines visible in the underdrawing. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Did Leonardo da Vinci have a hand in a Worcester Art Museum painting?," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of underdrawing

1968, in the meaning defined above

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to make or get by devious means

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