undercut

verb
un·​der·​cut | \ ˌən-dər-ˈkət How to pronounce undercut (audio) \
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 How to pronounce undercut (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Trump seems to undercut Bolton’s public condemnation of missile tests by North Korea. Washington Post, "A look at John Bolton’s tenure in Trump administration," 10 Sep. 2019 Apple on Tuesday kicked off its annual holiday season push by introducing new iPhones that could test the limits of consumers’ spending plans, and pricing its Apple TV+ service at a level meant to undercut other streaming TV rivals. Rex Crum, The Mercury News, "Apple unveils new devices, price tags: iPhone 11 to start at $699, Apple+ streaming to go for $4.99 per month," 10 Sep. 2019 Critics of the Trump administration have long complained that cutting enrollment support is another way to undercut the law known as Obamacare which the White House has vowed to dismantle.. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "Houston community group gets $400K to help with ACA enrollment," 4 Sep. 2019 Juventus's talent has never been in question, but its aging factor–especially in the back–threatened to undercut its ambitions. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The Top 10 Summer Transfer Window Classes Around Europe," 3 Sep. 2019 Enemy oleo Just as dairy was taking off in Wisconsin, competition from a butter-like substitute threatened to undercut the progress. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Margarine smugglers, a deadly milk war and more flavor Wisconsin's dairy history," 28 Aug. 2019 To undercut these racist beliefs, films have had to shunt characters into a rigid binary that insists on America as the powerful redeeming force for an Asia marked by excess, authoritarianism, and a hidebound tradition. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "Crazy Sad Asians," 27 Aug. 2019 Eisen surmised that Seller A had a copy of the book, and was seeking to undercut the next-cheapest price. Jonathan Zittrain, The New Yorker, "The Hidden Costs of Automated Thinking," 23 July 2019 There are moments where the album gets a bit more raucous than his earlier recordings, but not enough to undercut the aching majesty that is his stock in trade. Ed Masley, azcentral, "July concerts in Phoenix: Shawn Mendes, Queen & Adam Lambert, DaBaby, Third Eye Blind," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Eagland cut Theron's hair into a precise undercut in the back. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Only Charlize Theron Can Make a Bowl Cut Look This Chic," 3 Sep. 2019 This actually isn't the first time Berry has revealed an artsy undercut. Marci Robin, Allure, "Halle Berry Just Debuted the Coolest Undercut Art," 16 May 2019 Tons of celebrities have rocked undercuts over the years—including Kylie Jenner, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Cara Delevingne, and Natalie Dormer. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Just Shaved Her Head," 23 Apr. 2018 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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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 How to pronounce undercut (audio) \

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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