underbid

verb
un·der·bid | \ˌən-dər-ˈbid \
underbid; underbidding

Definition of underbid 

transitive verb

1 : to bid less than (a competing bidder)

2 : to bid (a hand of cards) at less than the strength of the hand warrants

intransitive verb

: to bid too low

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underbidder noun

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Working-class Americans aren’t lazy or xenophobic, but they are deeply underbid by immigrants. WSJ, "Elites Miss the Point on Immigration Politics," 13 July 2018 Outsourcers underbid in the hope that subsequent amendments to the contract—extra charges here and there—will eventually yield some profits. The Economist, "Britain’s outsourcing model, copied around the world, is in trouble," 28 June 2018 Carillion’s demise was likely caused by a combination of rapid expansion and underbidding for contracts that have had low margins since the financial crisis, analysts say. Kimiko De Freytas-tamura, New York Times, "Collapse of U.K. Construction Giant Rattles the Government," 15 Jan. 2018 The company has already drawn flack for massively underbidding competitors. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Boston's testing Chinese train cars, and SEPTA is watching," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of underbid

circa 1677, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of underbid was circa 1677

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underbid

verb

English Language Learners Definition of underbid

: to offer to do work for less money than (another person or group) : to bid less than (someone else)

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