Definition of overshoot in English:


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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 junction
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    • 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 limit
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    • 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
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  • An act of overshooting something.
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    • 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.
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  • 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.

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