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

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Inflation has been holding near the Fed’s 2% target for most of this year after undershooting it for many years. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Tracking World Growth Worries, Chairman Powell Says," 14 Nov. 2018 Photo: Wang Ying/Xinhua/Zuma Press Japanese growth figures matched market expectations and Chinese exports and imports were better than expected, but German growth figures undershot investors’ already low expectations. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Dow Slips After Disappointing Retail Sales," 14 Feb. 2019 If inflation undershoots the Fed’s target, that could cause the central bank to halt its campaign of interest-rate increases next year. Eric Morath, WSJ, "U.S. Consumers Step Up Spending to Start Fourth Quarter," 29 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of undershoot

circa 1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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