What seems placid on the surface in any dictatorship can hide simmering anger and humiliation.
Certainly the beast sighted on the surface by sailors gave rise to the lore of sea serpents.
They warn authorities to gird themselves for the possibility that many more men could surface.
On the surface, the Beyoncé/Jay-Z union/merger is business as usual.
Fiercely antigovernment, the resident said he is wary of sectarian tensions simmering beneath the surface.
"We are on the surface," said Dave, laying down knife and fork.
A foreign stain floated on the surface, but never mingled with its waters.
But the climate of the surface of the earth is not dependent upon the heat of the interior.
He was calm of face, but she guessed an excitement beneath the surface.
The struggle occupied some time, but by a miracle I rose slowly to the surface.
"come to the surface," 1898, from surface (n.). Earlier it meant "bring to the surface" (1885), and "to give something a polished surface" (1778). Related: Surfaced; surfacing.
surface sur·face (sûr'fəs)
The outer or topmost part of a solid structure.
A certainty, esp a bet that one cannot lose: His election is a sure thing, right? (1836+)