un·​der·​shoot | \ ˌən-dər-ˈshüt \
undershot\ ˌən-​dər-​ˈshät \; undershooting

Definition of undershoot

transitive verb

1 : to shoot short of or below (a target)
2 : to fall short of (a runway) in landing an airplane

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Polls significantly undershot both Bolsonaro and Haddad’s numbers, with the biggest polling firms putting Bolsonaro around 40 to 41 percent and Haddad around 24 to 25 percent. Ryan Lloyd, Vox, "Pollin’ ain’t easy: why did Brazilian pollsters go so badly astray in 2018?," 26 Oct. 2018 The last time Netflix generated such a brutal reaction was two years ago when the company drastically undershot its forecast by adding only 1.7 million subscribers for the second quarter. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Netflix’s Intermission Was Long Overdue," 16 July 2018 Faced with an economy at or close to full capacity, the Fed can shift to worrying about inflation overshooting rather than undershooting, lifting rates above core inflation for the first time since 2009. WSJ, "No Need for a Tantrum Yet; The Fed Is Just Treading Water," 18 June 2018 Fed officials met in May after data showed price gains finally hitting their target after undershooting for most of the last few years. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Fed on track to raise interest rates in June on belief economy remains in good shape," 23 May 2018 Some 60% of economists saw greater risk that growth would undershoot expectations than overshoot over the next year. Ben Leubsdorf, WSJ, "Economists Think the Next U.S. Recession Could Begin in 2020," 10 May 2018 What our economists say... Bloomberg Economics’ view is that both inflation and growth will undershoot the RBI’s projections in the year ahead -- tilting the monetary policy committee back in favor of further easing by June. Bloomberg.com, "India Central Bank Gets `Mojo' Back as It Warns of Budget Risks," 7 Feb. 2018 But the numbers have been undershooting that target continuously since 2012. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "The Stock Market Is Worried About Inflation. Should It Be?," 7 Feb. 2018 That 14 on the bench press, which undershot the number Brown predicted in interviews with teams and was the fewest among offensive linemen in Indy, wrecked Brown psychologically. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Orlando Brown Runs (and Jumps, and Lifts) Away From His Combine Nightmare," 14 Mar. 2018

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circa 1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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