un·​der·​throw | \ ˈən-dər-ˌthrō \
underthrew; underthrowing; underthrows

Definition of underthrow

transitive verb

: to throw (a ball or pass) short of the intended receiver in football also : to throw a pass short of underthrow a receiver

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Then the other Drew reared his head, badly underthrowing Troy Brown. Steve Kornacki, BostonGlobe.com, "What if Tom Brady had never stepped in for an injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001?," 12 Apr. 2018 More on Spartans: What didn’t work Lewerke struggled at times with downfield passing, either underthrowing or sailing throws to open receivers. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State solid with QB Brian Lewerke; changes coming behind him," 8 Jan. 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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