Definition of undercut in English:

undercut

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Offer goods or services at a lower price than (a competitor)

    ‘these industries have been undercut by more efficient foreign producers’
    • ‘The company's low cost base allows it to undercut competitors, offer cheaper computers, better service and still have better margins.’
    • ‘An ambitious kid could make decent headway if he was willing to smooth-talk lots of retailers and undercut his competitors.’
    • ‘The difference is that in a competitive market place, plumbers and electricians can attempt to undercut their competitors by offering a cheaper service and thus attract more work.’
    • ‘Just be careful not to undercut the prices you're charging through your sales reps and distributors.’
    • ‘They undercut their competitors' prices.’
    • ‘Now they are being drastically undercut by competition from the rest of Europe and particularly from Asia.’
    • ‘Prices are at rock bottom and supermarkets are undercutting each other in price wars.’
    • ‘In other words you cannot undercut competitors by holding a ‘January Sale’ because it's unfair competition.’
    • ‘They're significantly undercutting the high street, and it has to find a way of responding.’
    • ‘A smaller company would have to establish a reputation, and may have to undercut competitors on price, narrowing down its profits, he said.’
    • ‘You can patent ways of undercutting your competitor.’
    • ‘So everyone raising prices knows that a competitor could undercut them.’
    • ‘During soft markets, insurers tend to undercut prices for competitive reasons.’
    • ‘I learned quickly that if I wanted any of this business, I had to undercut everyone else's prices.’
    • ‘There is a battle to undercut rivals and yet still make a profit.’
    • ‘After years of struggling to find cheap, reliable labor in Oklahoma, he had found a way to undercut his competitors without closing up shop and moving overseas.’
    • ‘Paris can afford to undercut rivals thanks to its excellent infrastructure.’
    • ‘The result is a level playing field for processors; competitors can't undercut prices.’
    • ‘The contractor glanced at the file, read the information he required, undercut his competitors and got the contract.’
    • ‘Essentially, the order prevents retailers undercutting competitors by selling products below cost price.’
    charge less than, charge a lower price than, undersell, underbid
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  • 2Cut or wear away the part below or under (something, especially a cliff)

    • ‘Opposite the cottonwood, on the far bank, is a 40-foot undercut cliff that resembles the prow of a ship.’
    • ‘Or maybe, because the meandering river had undercut the bank below their old ponderosa, Duke and Doreen sensed that the tree was no longer safe.’
    • ‘A rockslide from ages past, in conjunction with the undercutting and shovelling actions of a glacier, blocked the normal outflow of Medicine Lake.’
    • ‘Like most of Curaçao's coastline, the bay was embraced by low cliffs, undercut to a depth of perhaps 4m by the action of tide and wave.’
    • ‘The reef comprises interconnected blocks of rock which are undercut and full of fissures and cracks, providing concealment for an abundance of marine life.’
    • ‘Over millennia a crystal clear creek had undercut the slope to create the hidden canyon.’
    • ‘The sides are vertical, and the north edge undercuts the rock face so that those walking downhill toward the pit suddenly find themselves, without warning, looking at a 60-foot vertical drop into space.’
    • ‘The important exceptions are those slopes that are undercut by rivers or waves and those that have forms inherited from tectonic processes, for example fault-line scraps, or by structural controls, such as granite domes.’
    • ‘My favorite fishing spot is a 12-minute drive away, alongside a commercial gravel pit whose chain-link fence the river is always undercutting and dragging away.’
    • ‘Directly opposite, the cliff wall becomes heavily undercut and forms a 5m-long tunnel.’
    • ‘Locally, linear grooves have been delicately eroded to form small meanders with undercut walls.’
    • ‘Rock transmits sound fairly well and heavy foot vibrations, if the ledge you're stood on is undercut below you, can warn the fish and make them nervous for a while.’
    1. 2.1 Cut away material to leave (a carved design) in relief.
      • ‘Detailed work is undertaken with chisels and knives, and the layers are pared away, though undercutting for sharp detail will also be done with drills.’
      • ‘The Romans created this sort of glass by undercutting a solid two-layered vase to produce relief decoration.’
  • 3Weaken; undermine.

    ‘the chairman denied his authority was being undercut’
    • ‘Others fear that the museum's financial concerns will undercut its artistic activities.’
    • ‘The well deserved sleep Brooke didn't receive completely undercut her pleas for an early discharge from the hospital.’
    • ‘In the meantime, we are undercutting his authority.’
    • ‘Or do I withhold punishment or censure and in so doing undercut the teacher's authority?’
    • ‘And the way the information dribbled out over time, it undercut the credibility of the system.’
    • ‘That pretty thoroughly undercuts any support I might have had for nationalised health care.’
    • ‘As a working journalist and Guild member, I believe her comments undercut the credibility of my profession.’
    • ‘As a result, we avoid a process that undercuts the authority of and respect for the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘This generates new profits for the financial sector but undercuts social solidarity.’
    • ‘This development undercut local and regional culture.’
    • ‘Roth has made the strange decision to constantly undercut the dramatic tension inherent within his own story.’
    • ‘He complains of the trials of composition as he composes and constantly undercuts himself in front of the reader.’
    • ‘The fact that I won't have to undercut my sleeping cycle to do extra work is a relief.’
    • ‘The remainder of the introduction provides capsule summaries of the essays, somewhat under-cutting the need to read the book.’
    • ‘However, it is not clear how far this undercuts the arguments for limited liability.’
    • ‘But almost from the outset, Maskhadov was challenged and deliberately undercut by his ruthless and less principled rivals.’
    • ‘But Hopkins seriously undercuts his efforts in a number of ways.’
    • ‘Individual artists and art publishers have attempted to combat this rising tide of counterfeit art which is flooding the market and undercutting the ability of legitimate artists and publishers to sell their works.’
    • ‘They are now voicing confidence that the new deadline will be met, but it does undercut the political timeline here.’
    • ‘However well-intentioned that allusion might have been, it undercut the work's subtle emotional power.’
    undermine, weaken, impair, damage, sap, threaten, subvert, sabotage, ruin, disrupt, undo, destabilize, demolish, wreck, destroy, chip away
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  • 4(in sports such as tennis or golf) strike (a ball) with a chopping motion so as to give it backspin.

    • ‘Frequent pop-ups are an indication he has been undercutting the ball.’

noun

  • 1A space formed by the removal or absence of material from the lower part of something, such as a cliff, a coal seam, or part of a carving in relief.

    • ‘Where land meets sea in the north, the power of the ocean has chiselled undercuts, caves and fissures into the limestone cliff.’
    • ‘Such materials can easily be peeled back in larger sections from the surface of the original model, while preserving the undercuts.’
    • ‘By tying the two together, it was just long enough to assist the top part of the climb until an undercut gave access to a narrow rift and easier descent.’
    • ‘Beware of undercut banks caused by the high water.’
    • ‘The top of the undercut is formed at the boundary of a large shale band.’
    • ‘It gets better and better, the water cutting deeper into the curved and hollowed rock, with slabby undercuts and terraced waterfalls.’
    • ‘Below water this has cooled and solidified into a reef of billowing pillow lava that splurges across the sand, leaving deep undercuts, caves and arches.’
    • ‘The wall continues sheer to 30m and the first undercut and stalactites appear.’
    • ‘We would soon join them on a boulder slope which turned into a beautiful undercut cliff.’
    1. 1.1North American A notch cut in a tree trunk to guide its fall when felled.
  • 2British The underside of a sirloin of beef.

Pronunciation:

undercut

/ˌəndərˈkət/