Definition of overshoot in English:

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verb (past and past participle overshot)

Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈʃuːt/
[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
More 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 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/
An act of overshooting something.
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.
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.

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