From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Underwork \Un`der*work"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Underworkedor
   Underwrought; p. pr. & vb. n. Underworking.]
   1. To injure by working secretly; to destroy or overthrow by
      clandestine measure; to undermine.
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            But thou from loving England art so far,
            That thou hast underwrought his lawful king. --Shak.
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   2. To expend too little work upon; as, to underwork a
      painting. --Dryden.
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   3. To do like work at a less price than; as, one mason may
      underwork another.
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