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[v. uhn-der-kuht, uhn-der-kuht; n., adj., uhn-der-kuht] /v. ˌʌn dərˈkʌt, ˈʌn dərˌkʌt; n., adj., ˈʌn dərˌkʌt/
verb (used with object), undercut, undercutting.
1.
to cut under or beneath.
2.
to cut away material from so as to leave a portion overhanging, as in carving or sculpture.
3.
to offer goods or services at a lower price or rate than (a competing price or rate) or than that of (a competitor).
4.
to weaken or destroy the impact or effectiveness of; undermine.
5.
Golf. to hit (the ball) so as to cause a backspin.
6.
Tennis. to slice (the ball) using an underhand motion.
7.
to cut (a sound recording) with grooves too shallow or with insufficient lateral motion of the stylus.
8.
Forestry. to cut a notch in (a tree) in order to control the direction in which the tree is to fall.
verb (used without object), undercut, undercutting.
9.
to undercut material, a competitor, a ball, etc.
noun
10.
a cut or a cutting away underneath.
11.
a notch cut in a tree to determine the direction in which the tree is to fall and to prevent splitting.
12.
Golf. a backspin.
13.
Tennis. a slice or cut made with an underhand motion.
14.
Chiefly British. a tenderloin of beef including the fillet.
15.
Dentistry. a tooth cavity prepared with a wide base for anchoring a filling securely.
adjective
16.
having or resulting from an undercut.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English undercutten to cut down; see under-, cut
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Examples from the web for undercut
  • The rationale for the law is the idea that restaurants lose business because taco trucks can undercut their prices.
  • The family does not seek sustenance in a rare tenderloin but in an underdone undercut or fillet.
  • The fact that you clearly did not read the thread only serves to undercut any sort of argument you are trying to make.
  • So if you hide, basically, it must be because the truth would undercut your position.
  • Legalizing drugs to undercut the cartels will require the legalization of all of their money-makers in order to be effective.
  • But sometimes the rigor that an adjunct intends to maintain is undercut by fear of student complaints.
  • Some scholars worry that such efforts would undercut departmental budgets.
  • We had to show egregious monopolistic practices and undercut the credibility of their witnesses.
  • Companies are attempting to compete in today's crowded tablet market by slashing product prices to undercut rivals.
  • But any satisfaction he felt was undercut by the implications of the discovery.
British Dictionary definitions for undercut

undercut

verb (ˌʌndəˈkʌt; ˈʌndəˌkʌt) -cuts, -cutting, -cut
1.
to charge less than (a competitor) in order to obtain trade
2.
to cut away the under part of (something)
3.
(sport) to hit (a ball) in such a way as to impart backspin
noun (ˈʌndəˌkʌt)
4.
the act or an instance of cutting underneath
5.
a part that is cut away underneath
6.
a tenderloin of beef, including the fillet
7.
(forestry, mainly US & Canadian) a notch cut in a tree trunk, to ensure a clean break in felling
8.
(sport) a stroke that imparts backspin to the ball
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Word Origin and History for undercut
v.

late 14c., "to cut down or off," from under + cut (v.). In the commercial sense of "to sell at lower prices" (or work at lower wages) it is first attested 1884. Figurative sense of "render unstable, undermine" is recorded from 1955, from earlier literal meaning "cut so as to leave the upper portion larger than the lower" (1874).

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