Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈʃuːt /(past and past participle overshot) [with object]
- 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 junctionMore example sentences
- I overshot the jump just to see how far I could go and when we measured it, it amounted to 21 buses.
- ONE MUST have been a witness to innumerable instances of two-wheeler riders jumping or overshooting a signal with impunity.
- 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.
- 1.1Exceed (a financial target or limit): the department may overshoot its cash limitMore example sentences
- The governor of the Bank of England would have to write to the chancellor to explain why inflation had overshot its target.
- Corporations can trade emissions credits, negotiate subsidies for new technologies, and enjoy huge tax breaks for overshooting their environmental targets.
- The aim is to stop the number of new homes overshooting an agreed limit of 7,400 between 1991 and 2006.
Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəʃuːt /Back to top
- An act of overshooting something.More example sentences
- But it is the causes of these overshoots as much as their scale that gives further grounds for concern.
- The next passengers to experience an overshoot may not be so lucky.
- So the overshoot seems hardly massive, and indeed eminently containable.
overshoot the mark
- Go beyond what is intended or acceptable.More example sentences
- He's obviously become bored, has tried to come up with a fresh approach, and has overshot the mark by quite some distance.
- 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.
More definitions of overshootDefinition of overshoot in:
- The US English dictionary