undercut

verb
un·der·cut | \ ˌən-dər-ˈkət \
undercut; undercutting

Definition of undercut 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

undercut

noun
un·der·cut | \ ˈən-dər-ˌkət \

Definition of undercut (Entry 2 of 2)

1 British : tenderloin sense 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

Examples of undercut in a Sentence

Verb

They undercut the competing store by 10 percent. a law that undercuts the Constitution Her behavior undercuts her own credibility.
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Mnuchin on Thursday denied that Trump’s decision undercut his May assessment. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Mnuchin is in denial about the pain Trump's tariffs are inducing," 13 July 2018 Not only would Johansson be playing the kind of role that ought to be given to a trans actor, many felt, her public identification as a woman would inevitably undercut the movie’s characterisation of Gill as a man. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Scarlett Johansson won’t play a trans man after all.," 13 July 2018 But Republicans say doing anything to forgive Blagojevich would undercut the will of the justice system and voters in Illinois. Manu Raju And Ashley Killough, CNN, "Illinois GOP warns Trump: 'Stupid' to free Blagojevich," 8 June 2018 But these new regulations are a reminder that the Trump administration still has more tools at its disposal to undercut the ACA — risking death by a thousand cuts, as some of the law’s supporters have warned. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Our Future Robot Overlords Simply Won't Understand This Health Care Fight," 20 Feb. 2018 Others are reluctant to undercut his presidential authority. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Senate Takes Symbolic Step to Assert Power on Trade," 11 July 2018 Fresh off a monumental defeat at the U.S. Supreme Court this week that threatens to undercut their efforts, public employee unions in Illinois are divided on how to respond. Kim Geiger, chicagotribune.com, "After losing landmark Supreme Court case, labor splits on what to do next," 28 June 2018 The place to start is to not undercut the revenues. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Republicans Continue Campaign Against Connecticut's 'Death Tax'," 21 June 2018 That contrast serves to undercut the lip service to feminism done by the script. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In Ocean’s 8, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An undercut is also a cool and easy way to add spice to just about any updo. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "15 Undercut Ideas That Are Going to Give You Major Hair Inspo," 12 Apr. 2018 Jason Sudeikis and Ed Harris do strong work playing harshly estranged, somehow pulling us close to their off-putting characters before forced sentiment in the late going undercuts director Mark Raso’s film. Tom Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis clash as father and son in ‘Kodachrome’," 18 Apr. 2018 See: glitter lip art, terranium eyes, bejeweled undercuts, and now? Kelsi Zimmerman, Marie Claire, "Chic or Clownish? Pom Pom Makeup Is Now a Thing," 23 May 2017 The Justice Department’s move undercuts perhaps the most critical argument by advocates in the Texas case. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Justice Department changes its position in high-profile Texas voter ID case," 27 Feb. 2017 The cut made the most of Taraji's previous undercut, with her kinks at full freedom. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Taraji P. Henson's Natural Curls Are Everything, As Is the Reason Behind Them," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of undercut

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of undercut was in 1598

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undercut

verb

English Language Learners Definition of undercut

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

: to make (something) weaker or less effective

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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