Definition of overshoot in English:



Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈʃuːt/
  • 1 Go past (an intended stopping or turning point) inadvertently:

    ‘they overshot their intended destination’
    [no object] ‘he had overshot by fifty yards but backed up to the junction’
    • ‘The one we went to near our house was tough - a lot of hills, holes where if you overshot it your ball would end up in the water, etc.’
    • ‘I overshot the jump just to see how far I could go and when we measured it, it amounted to 21 buses.’
    • ‘It didn't take too long for Toby to find his destination, in fact, he overshot it at first.’
    • ‘‘We unpacked and went on a week's holiday only to receive a call from my father telling us that someone had overshot the bend and hit one of our outer walls, causing enough damage that meant it had to be partially rebuilt,’ he said.’
    • ‘Unless a guide is along for the ride, it's all too easy to overshoot the reef and find yourself in green water, 200 feet above the nearest marine life.’
    • ‘Then the Central Line went mad - my train overshot its stop, making me get off in the uncharted territory of East Acton and go back again.’
    • ‘You can be forgiven for overshooting your turn-off.’
    • ‘Forced to overshoot the bend, he narrowly missed both a policeman and an ominous looking ditch, before cutting crosscountry to regain the road.’
    • ‘I overshot the house where he was staying, so he ran off the porch and ran down the middle of the street, arms waving; I did a U-turn and drove back at him, weaving all over the street.’
    • ‘Keagan filled the cup with ice, smothered in whipped cream, and set it down on the counter so fast that it overshot its destination and ended up on the floor.’
    • ‘ONE MUST have been a witness to innumerable instances of two-wheeler riders jumping or overshooting a signal with impunity.’
    • ‘I set up my headquarters in what had once been a shop, and for interpreter I acquired the services of a Hungarian, who told me that he had worked as a human cannonball in a small circus, until one day he overshot the net, and could work no longer.’
    • ‘A signal just outside York Railway Station is under inspection after a train carrying hundreds of passengers overshot a red light.’
    • ‘He had mechanical problems which forced him to make four bike changes, and then he crashed for a second time, overshooting a bend and tumbling into the undergrowth.’
    • ‘So after overshooting the turn off two or three times (Allison is a shocking driver), we finally got in there.’
    • ‘She stood up on the par four fifth and overshot the green - the crowd then knew the game was on.’
    • ‘The driver overshot the last station before the wreck, and a crew member and several passengers speculated the train was speeding to make up time.’
    • ‘There was only a small scatter of other caravans and motorhomes when we arrived and we had to immediately call on the help of our nearest neighbour when I overshot the hard stand and a back wheel sank deep in mud.’
    • ‘We overshot the building society; the only pedestrian on the street ran up, pointing us ten yards backwards, and there we saw a broken glass panel at the bottom of an office door.’
    • ‘It was during this attempt that Seth overshot the jump by 15 to 20 feet and came to grief, puncturing his skull with his handlebar among many other horrific injuries.’
    ignore, disregard, fail to stop at, drive through, overshoot
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    1. 1.1 Exceed (a financial target or limit):
      ‘the department may overshoot its cash limit’
      • ‘Existing regulations, introduced in April, allow highway authorities to levy a charge of £2,000 for each day that utility companies overshoot agreed deadlines.’
      • ‘According to him, within the 2001 budget the revenues will be redistributed without overshooting the planned budget deficit.’
      • ‘She knew she had already overshot the time given to her.’
      • ‘The decision sees the size of the library return to the proportions originally envisaged before staff realised how much the old budget had been overshot.’
      • ‘Based on their experiences over the past few years, computer dealers have made it simpler for customers to make purchase decisions without overshooting their budget.’
      • ‘Ultimately, the majority of card users may be affected by the actions of the minority who make late payments or overshoot their credit card limit.’
      • ‘Corporations can trade emissions credits, negotiate subsidies for new technologies, and enjoy huge tax breaks for overshooting their environmental targets.’
      • ‘If you don't pay on time, miss a payment, bounce a Direct Debit, or overshoot your credit limit, expect to pay a penalty of, typically, £25.’
      • ‘That's true, but we shouldn't expect to overshoot our target like that in future years.’
      • ‘The set of predictions state that 7 ½ years from now we will have overshot our target.’
      • ‘In that case average annual inflation will overshoot the target by 1.5 percentage points.’
      • ‘By how much is the budget deficit likely to overshoot this fiscal year?’
      • ‘They also wanted a system to penalize states that overshot this target, and proposed a fine that would be automatic.’
      • ‘The phone lines were dead or temporarily blocked, and she had already overshot her slated hourlong broadcast time.’
      • ‘The governor of the Bank of England would have to write to the chancellor to explain why inflation had overshot its target.’
      • ‘The aim is to stop the number of new homes overshooting an agreed limit of 7,400 between 1991 and 2006.’
      • ‘‘Most energy experts agree that we have overshot our carbon dioxide emissions targets implied in our EU quota from Kyoto,’ Taylor said.’
      • ‘Work which has already begun on the station is now being priced and already the concourse design cost has overshot its budget.’
      • ‘In the first place, I was overshooting the deadline a decent bit.’
      • ‘Late start and overshooting the stipulated time limit appear to be a thing of the past.’
      be more than, be greater than, be over, run over, go over, go beyond, overshoot, overreach, pass, top
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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəʃuːt/
  • An act of overshooting something.

    • ‘In fact now you should be seeing an overshoot in the return where it carries enough energy to noticeable go past the home position.’
    • ‘The next passengers to experience an overshoot may not be so lucky.’
    • ‘So the overshoot seems hardly massive, and indeed eminently containable.’
    • ‘But it is the causes of these overshoots as much as their scale that gives further grounds for concern.’
    • ‘The only viable option was to curtail current spending to meet the new economic conditions and to adjust to the overshoot of the last two years.’


  • overshoot the mark

    • Go beyond what is intended or acceptable.

      • ‘Somehow, I believe, such interpretation both falls short of and overshoots the mark.’
      • ‘It is far more doubtful whether any system of public coercion can respond to those cases without overshooting the mark and creating collateral disabilities of its own.’
      • ‘In their attempt to adopt the norm of this group, they manifest their aspirations of upward social mobility, but they overshoot the mark.’
      • ‘It succeeds in adding depth and texture to the album, but sometimes overshoots the mark.’
      • ‘Unfortunately for Ellis, he overshot the mark.’
      • ‘Experienced designers smartly eschew loud and self-conscious types whereas the public overshoots the mark in an effort to find something novel.’
      • ‘One danger of disingenuous posturing is a tendency to overshoot the mark.’
      • ‘And as we did that, we overshot the mark in repricing - so now our margins are down, and our share is up.’
      • ‘But the proposed revisions overshoot the mark, and in the guise of modernizing the rules, they strip away overtime protections for millions of workers.’
      • ‘He's obviously become bored, has tried to come up with a fresh approach, and has overshot the mark by quite some distance.’