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    Default step down/ undermining German society/ undermine confidence/ undermining the cliffs

    Dear teachers,
    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
    Thilo Sarrazin, a member of Germany's central bank, has stepped down. He now presents a problem for his political party, the Social Democrats, after claiming in a new book that Muslims are undermining German society.


    step down = resign from office

    undermine = destroy property or hinder normal operations; destabilize

    Nationalization would undermine confidence in the financial system.

    undermine confidence = to cause distrust

    The sea is undermining the cliffs.

    undermine = wash away

    Thank you for your efforts.


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    Default Re: step down/ undermining German society/ undermine confidence/ undermining the clif

    Undermine here seems to me to be like weaken.

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