Definition of overshoot in English:



[with object]
Pronunciation /əʊvəˈʃuːt/
  • 1Go 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It didn't take too long for Toby to find his destination, in fact, he overshot it at first.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A signal just outside York Railway Station is under inspection after a train carrying hundreds of passengers overshot a red light.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘ONE MUST have been a witness to innumerable instances of two-wheeler riders jumping or overshooting a signal with impunity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I overshot the jump just to see how far I could go and when we measured it, it amounted to 21 buses.’
    • ‘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.’
    ignore, disregard, fail to stop at, drive through
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    1. 1.1 Exceed (a financial target or limit)
      ‘the department may overshoot its cash limit’
      • ‘The governor of the Bank of England would have to write to the chancellor to explain why inflation had overshot its target.’
      • ‘Work which has already begun on the station is now being priced and already the concourse design cost has overshot its budget.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The aim is to stop the number of new homes overshooting an agreed limit of 7,400 between 1991 and 2006.’
      • ‘Existing regulations, introduced in April, allow highway authorities to levy a charge of £2,000 for each day that utility companies overshoot agreed deadlines.’
      • ‘She knew she had already overshot the time given to her.’
      • ‘They also wanted a system to penalize states that overshot this target, and proposed a fine that would be automatic.’
      • ‘Late start and overshooting the stipulated time limit appear to be a thing of the past.’
      • ‘By how much is the budget deficit likely to overshoot this fiscal year?’
      • ‘That's true, but we shouldn't expect to overshoot our target like that in future years.’
      • ‘‘Most energy experts agree that we have overshot our carbon dioxide emissions targets implied in our EU quota from Kyoto,’ Taylor said.’
      • ‘According to him, within the 2001 budget the revenues will be redistributed without overshooting the planned budget deficit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the first place, I was overshooting the deadline a decent bit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In that case average annual inflation will overshoot the target by 1.5 percentage points.’
      • ‘Corporations can trade emissions credits, negotiate subsidies for new technologies, and enjoy huge tax breaks for overshooting their environmental targets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The phone lines were dead or temporarily blocked, and she had already overshot her slated hourlong broadcast time.’
      • ‘The set of predictions state that 7 ½ years from now we will have overshot our target.’
      be more than, be greater than, be over, run over, go over, go beyond, overreach, pass, top
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Pronunciation /ˈəʊvəʃuːt/
  • An act of overshooting something.

    • ‘But it is the causes of these overshoots as much as their scale that gives further grounds for concern.’
    • ‘Hence, one could make the case that large exchange-rate overshoots may in fact be a normal aspect of a floating exchange-rate system, and if so, efforts should not be made to limit the magnitude of such overshoots.’
    • ‘But the price of that performance will likely be an overshoot in its public-deficit target for 2001 and 2002.’
    • ‘A large part of this overshoot is due to the extravagant use of fossil fuels, whose carbon waste would require a vast bio-productive surface area as a natural sink.’
    • ‘The next passengers to experience an overshoot may not be so lucky.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This overshoot can also be controlled by limiting output slew rate, but as mentioned above this solution will be problematic if greater bus speed is desired.’
    • ‘So the overshoot seems hardly massive, and indeed eminently containable.’
    • ‘In fact now you should be seeing an overshoot in the return where it carries enough energy to noticeable go past the home position.’
    • ‘A rigid application of the guidelines embodied in the pact will simply accentuate the deflationary trends which are leading to the budget deficit overshoots in the first place.’


  • overshoot the mark

    • Go beyond what is intended or acceptable.

      • ‘One danger of disingenuous posturing is a tendency to overshoot the mark.’
      • ‘Somehow, I believe, such interpretation both falls short of and overshoots the mark.’
      • ‘Experienced designers smartly eschew loud and self-conscious types whereas the public overshoots the mark in an effort to find something novel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unfortunately for Ellis, he overshot the mark.’
      • ‘It succeeds in adding depth and texture to the album, but sometimes overshoots 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.’
      • ‘In their attempt to adopt the norm of this group, they manifest their aspirations of upward social mobility, but they overshoot the mark.’