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undercut

verb un·der·cut \ ˌən-dər-ˈkət \

Definition of undercut

undercut; undercutting
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 in a Sentence

  1. They undercut the competing store by 10 percent.

  2. a law that undercuts the Constitution

  3. Her behavior undercuts her own credibility.

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First Known Use of undercut

1598


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undercut

noun un·der·cut \ 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

Recent Examples of undercut from the Web

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First Known Use of undercut

1859


UNDERCUT Defined for English Language Learners

undercut

verb

Definition of undercut for English Language Learners

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

  • : to make (something) weaker or less effective


Medical Dictionary

undercut

noun un·der·cut \ ˈən-dər-ˌkət \

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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