un·​der·​shoot | \ ˌən-dər-ˈshüt How to pronounce undershoot (audio) \
undershot\ ˌən-​dər-​ˈshät How to pronounce undershot (audio) \; 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

Examples of undershoot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because the Fed targets an index that tends to undershoot the CPI by about a third of a percentage point, this implies missing the central bank’s 2% target by a long way. The Economist, "The rich worldEconomists’ models of inflation are letting them down," 10 Oct. 2019 With partners overproducing Saudi Arabia has consistently had to undershoot its quota. The Economist, "Saudi Aramco’s IPO is the biggest ever," 7 Dec. 2019 Berkshire Hathaway's shares undershot the S&P 500 in 2019 by a long way. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Warren Buffett lays out a succession plan—for his Berkshire shares," 22 Feb. 2020 So you might be concerned about undershooting too much on the unemployment rate. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Chicago Fed President Charles Evans," 11 July 2018 Broderick undershot the prosecutor's request and sentenced Collins to 26 months and a $200,000 fine. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Former Rep. Chris Collins sentenced to more than two years in prison for insider trading," 17 Jan. 2020 Of those 28 will either undershoot their inflation targets in 2019 or have inflation in the bottom half of their target range, according to the fund’s most recent round of forecasts. The Economist, "The world economyInflation is losing its meaning as an economic indicator," 10 Oct. 2019 The Institute for Fiscal Studies, a think-tank, found that the government of the day undershot its capital-spending target almost every year between 1992 and 2015. The Economist, "Labour and the Tories plan to borrow billions. But can they spend it?," 16 Nov. 2019 And inflation, which has been undershooting the Fed’s 2% target and gave policymakers another reason to cut rates, is poised to inch higher. Los Angeles Times, "Fed cuts interest rate for first time since 2008, adopting risky new strategy," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of undershoot

circa 1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Undershoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undershoot. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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