- to cut under or beneath.
- to cut away material from so as to leave a portion overhanging, as in carving or sculpture.
- to offer goods or services at a lower price or rate than (a competing price or rate) or than that of (a competitor).
- to weaken or destroy the impact or effectiveness of; undermine.
- Golf. to hit (the ball) so as to cause a backspin.
- Tennis. to slice (the ball) using an underhand motion.
- to cut (a sound recording) with grooves too shallow or with insufficient lateral motion of the stylus.
- Forestry. to cut a notch in (a tree) in order to control the direction in which the tree is to fall.
- to undercut material, a competitor, a ball, etc.
- a cut or a cutting away underneath.
- a notch cut in a tree to determine the direction in which the tree is to fall and to prevent splitting.
- Golf. a backspin.
- Tennis. a slice or cut made with an underhand motion.
- Chiefly British. a tenderloin of beef including the fillet.
- Dentistry. a tooth cavity prepared with a wide base for anchoring a filling securely.
- having or resulting from an undercut.
Origin of undercut
Related Wordsundermine, cheapen, diminish, thwart, lessen, destabilize, tunnel, gouge, cut, burrow, hollow, undercharge, underprice, minimize, foil, damage
Examples from the Web for undercut
Plus, he already had the super trendy “undercut” hairstyle popular with the fashion forward men of today.The Littlest Fashionista Is Just Plain Stinkin’ Cute
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Satellite television outfits like DirectTV have undercut cable on price and signed up millions of customers.Why Would Comcast Improve When It Could Buy Time Warner Cable Instead?
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Particularly once people start dying, you have to figure out how to make the humor not undercut the emotion of the piece.Grant Heslov Is the Robin to George Clooney’s Batman
February 7, 2014
There is some fair concern that Obama may well have undercut his military threats against Iran.Obama Wins Round One on Iran
Leslie H. Gelb
December 4, 2013
In the photo, the ostentatious monument is undercut (literally) by a temporary stall selling wares in its niche.Charles Marville Captures the Rebirth of 1800s Paris in New Exhibition
November 13, 2013
It is a long roll of undercut of beef, so long that it seems to be sold by the yard.Home Life in Germany
Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
She come back at me with a kind of an undercut right under the jaw.The Southern South
Albert Bushnell Hart
The mortise is undercut as before, and saw-cuts are made in the end of the tenon.Woodworking for Beginners
Charles Gardner Wheeler
This puts a tremendous amount of undercut or stop on the ball.The Soul of Golf
Percy Adolphus Vaile
When the whole face is undercut and spragged, the shot-firer is summoned.The Boy With the U.S. Miners
- to charge less than (a competitor) in order to obtain trade
- to cut away the under part of (something)
- sport to hit (a ball) in such a way as to impart backspin
- the act or an instance of cutting underneath
- a part that is cut away underneath
- a tenderloin of beef, including the fillet
- forestry, mainly US and Canadian a notch cut in a tree trunk, to ensure a clean break in felling
- sport a stroke that imparts backspin to the ball
Word Origin and History for undercut
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).