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.
a haircut for men or women in which one or both sides and often the back are shaved or cut very short, leaving longer hair at the top of the head: an undercut with a side part.
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.
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How to use undercut in a sentence
Republicans made a compelling argument when they said Cunningham single-handedly managed to undercut his central premise as a candidate about honor and duty as a veteran and family man.The Senate seats most likely to flip parties in November | Amber Phillips | October 9, 2020 | Washington Post
This episode undercuts everything that came before that made Rory’s season six journey interesting.
Meanwhile, workers are facing new threats to their livelihood from technology and automation, and a Supreme Court that has undercut the financial clout of organized labor.
The bank agreed to pay $550 million, but it and other global lenders in the accord felt little lasting hit from markets or customers, undercutting investor fears that a guilty plea would devastate their business.JP Morgan will pay record settlement to resolve ‘spoofing’ case against 15 traders | kdunn6 | September 30, 2020 | Fortune
When Sam Walton founded Walmart in 1962, he used a combination of low prices, tight margins, and scale to undercut the competition and grow it into the No.Watch out, Bezos. Walmart+ could take millions of customers from Amazon Prime | Lance Lambert | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
The death toll, which experts believe has been significantly undercut by secret burials, stands at 7,905.
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 | Justin Jones | May 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Obama made clear where he stood when he quickly undercut his $120 billion investment by announcing a drawdown.
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? | Daniel Gross | February 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Andrew Romano | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Master was represented seated on a lotus the petals of which were so deeply undercut as to show almost detached.Kim | Rudyard Kipling
We have already concluded that a roundabout route must be allowed to meet, though not to undercut, the ruling rate.Railroads: Rates and Regulations | William Z. Ripley
Fig. 216 is a scarfed joint with undercut vee'd ends which prevent the joint from lipping up or down or sideways.Woodwork Joints | William Fairham
The model calls for very accurate workmanship and the joints must not be undercut during the sawing and chiselling operations.Woodwork Joints | William Fairham
But it was a preposterously difficult task to get across an undercut to where he could grasp a stunted tree.The Invaders | William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for undercut
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
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