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undercut

un·der·cut

undercut

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: uhn dr kuht
inflections: undercut, undercuts, undercutting
definition 1: to cut or cut away under or beneath, usu. so as to create an overhang.
similar words:
burrow, excavate, gouge, tunnel, undermine
definition 2: to sell goods or services at a lower price than (a competitor).
synonyms:
undersell
definition 3: to act so as to lessen the effectiveness or influence of; undermine or thwart.
The father's constant indulgence of the child undercut her mother's attempts to discipline her.
synonyms:
foil, thwart, undermine
similar words:
balk, block, devitalize, enervate, frustrate, hamper, hamstring, handicap, hinder, impair, impede, lame, paralyze, sabotage, sap, subvert, weaken
definition 4: to cut or strike (a ball) with an underhand motion, or create backspin by a downward and forward motion, as in golf or tennis.
synonyms:
slice
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: uhn dr kuht
definition 1: a cut made in an underpart, as of a riverbank.
similar words:
cut
definition 2: a notch cut in the lower part of a tree to direct its fall and prevent splitting.
similar words:
notch