- 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 Words for undercuttingundermine, cheapen, diminish, thwart, lessen, destabilize, tunnel, gouge, cut, burrow, hollow, undercharge, underprice, minimize, foil, damage
Examples from the Web for undercutting
Contemporary Examples of undercutting
Discounters are undercutting them everywhere: clothes, housewares, linens.The Real Lesson of JC Penney: Sometimes, You're Stuck
April 11, 2013
Congressional Democrats see him as anti-gay and anti-abortion, undercutting their support for him.Hagel and McCain
February 8, 2013
The Review warned its readers that the Irish were taking jobs away from American workers and undercutting American wages.Paul Ryan’s Irish Problem
August 18, 2012
Rothschild's undercutting commentary arrives through counterpoint.Thelonious Monk Is Back
November 24, 2009
Within weeks of being chosen, an obviously frustrated Palin was undercutting McCain in public.Romney's Game Plan
November 3, 2008
Historical Examples of undercutting
One very important detail in etching is to prevent "undercutting."The Building of a Book
Care must be taken to avoid sharp edges or any undercutting, if the seal is to free itself easily from the wax.Copper Work
Augustus F. Rose
The amount of hand labor necessary where undercutting is not practiced is shown by the sections A in Figs. 38 and 41.Steam Shovels and Steam Shovel Work
E. A. Hermann
The undercutting is shown on the plan (fig. 3, area H) as a straight-edged unit.Contributions From the Museum of History and Technology
Ivor Noel Hume
He found where the bank sloped easily into the water, with no sharp drops and no undercutting.The Lost Wagon
James Arthur Kjelgaard
- 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
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).