undercut


1un·der·cut

verb \ˌən-dər-ˈkət\

: to offer to sell things or work for a lower cost than (another person or company)

: to make (something) weaker or less effective

un·der·cutun·der·cut·ting

Full Definition of UNDERCUT

transitive verb
1
:  to cut away the underpart of <undercut a vein of ore>
2
:  to cut away material from the underside of (an object) so as to leave an overhanging portion in relief
3
:  to offer to sell at lower prices than or to work for lower wages than (a competitor)
4
:  to cut obliquely into (a tree) below the main cut and on the side toward which the tree will fall
5
:  to strike (a ball) with a downward glancing blow so as to give a backspin or elevation to the shot
6
:  to undermine or destroy the force, value, or effectiveness of <inflation undercuts consumer buying power>
intransitive verb
:  to perform the action of cutting away beneath

Examples of UNDERCUT

  1. They undercut the competing store by 10 percent.
  2. a law that undercuts the Constitution
  3. Her behavior undercuts her own credibility.

First Known Use of UNDERCUT

1598

2un·der·cut

noun \ˈən-dər-ˌkət\

Definition of UNDERCUT

1
British :  tenderloin 1
2
:  the action or result of cutting away from the underside or lower part of something
3
:  a notch cut in the base of a tree before felling to determine the direction of falling and to prevent splitting

First Known Use of UNDERCUT

1859

un·der·cut

noun \ˈən-dər-ˌkət\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of UNDERCUT

: the part of a tooth lying between the gum and the points of maximum outward bulge on the tooth's surfaces

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