undercut

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From under- +‎ cut.

Noun[edit]

undercut (plural undercuts)

  1. A cut made in the lower part of something; the material so removed.
  2. The notch cut in a tree to direct its fall when being felled.
  3. The underside of a sirloin of beef; the fillet.
  4. A hairstyle that is shaved or clipped short on the sides and kept long on the top.

Verb[edit]

undercut (third-person singular simple present undercuts, present participle undercutting, simple past and past participle undercut)

  1. To sell (something) at a lower price, or to work for lower wages, than a competitor.
  2. To create an overhang by cutting away material from underneath.
  3. To undermine.
    • July 18 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises[1]
      Though Bane’s sing-song voice gives his pronouncements a funny lilt, he doesn’t have any of the Joker’s deranged wit, and Nolan isn’t interested in undercutting his seriousness for the sake of a breezier entertainment.