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underachiever

[uhn-der-uh-chee-ver] /ˌʌn dər əˈtʃi vər/
noun
1.
a student who performs less well in school than would be expected on the basis of abilities indicated by intelligence and aptitude tests, etc.
2.
a person or thing that performs below expectations.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; under- + achiever
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  • By placing blame on transient and unprepared students it has washed its hands of the underachiever.
  • Flexible use of multiple criteria will help to identify the underachiever or the poor test-taker.
  • They would tell him he was smart but an underachiever, whatever that meant.

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