One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Fall short of (a point or target)‘the figure undershot the government's original estimate’
- ‘We estimate demand in the UK is running at around 230,000 dwellings a year but supply is undershooting this mark by 60,000 at 170,000 dwellings.’
- ‘This means that if you decide to follow this meter, you'll typically overshoot your target (especially deadly on short par 3 holes) or you'll undershoot badly (really painful on putts when you have to make par).’
- ‘However, we have undershot the inflation target for the last two years, and only expect to return to target in around two years.’
- ‘The means may well have undershot her individual expectations for championship glory, but the ends were pure sweetness.’
- ‘Economic growth has been in line with the chancellor's budget projection, but the government deficit continues to undershoot.’
- ‘The result is that he has undershot his borrowing target for a second year.’
- ‘If we persistently undershoot the target, it could eventually damage our credibility.’
- ‘Based on trends to end August, tax receipts could undershoot the target by up to £2bn, putting an enormous hole in the £2.5 bn surplus target.’
- ‘The true potential of information technology will therefore remain untapped in most cases, with initiatives undershooting in their delivery of reform objectives.’
- ‘Third of all, investors overshoot and undershoot, just like you and me, because oops, that's who the investors are.’
- ‘I think he totally undershot it, but, as he has publicly said, there is no sense in asking for what one really needs, because one knows one is not going to get it; one has to ask for something that is realistic.’
- ‘If the prediction is correct, then Britain will undershoot the 2% to 2.5% growth predicted by Chancellor of the Exchequer in April.’
- ‘The Government's target for inflation is 2.5%, but we've been undershooting that recently and, judging by the 4.7% long-term interest rate, investors expect that to continue.’
- ‘Investors doubt the recovery in housing and consumer spending will be enough to achieve above-trend growth and that interest rates will need to be lowered ‘eventually’ to prevent inflation undershooting.’
- ‘Corporation tax receipts, though up strongly in the year to date by some 19%, seem likely to again undershoot the 28% growth forecast by the Treasury.’
- ‘If the manager calls the market wrong and the scheme undershoots its target, investors could end up with less money than they put in.’
- ‘But for years at the start of the boom, the department undershot its forecasts for increases in tax revenue.’
- ‘Were we to continue to undershoot beyond the current two-year forecast horizon, this could damage our credibility.’
- ‘For the record, investors warned last month that while the economy was growing strongly, tax revenues continue to undershoot.’
- ‘If we focus on the profile of inflation over the last two years or so, the period over which the MPG has had more influence, there has indeed been a tendency for inflation to undershoot the target.’
- 1.1 (of an aircraft) land short of (the runway).
- ‘I kept the engine running just in case I undershot the landing place until I was around 50 ft above the field.’
- ‘They either undershot or overshot whilst attempting to land on an aircraft carrier.’
- ‘In the full knowledge that nonpilots judge you by your landings, I undershot the runway by 100 ft, fortunately without damage.’
- ‘You see that you're undershooting and so, leaving the throttle as is, you attempt to flatten your descent path by lifting the nose a bit - and you enter the region of reverse command.’
An act of undershooting.
- ‘However, set against disappointment here has been an undershoot in government spending, with central government spending plus investment up by 5.7% year on year against a Budget forecast of 7.2% growth.’
- ‘If this continues, there is likely to be a major undershoot in public capital spending again this year.’
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