Definition of undercut in English:
Pronunciation: /ˌəndərˈkət /(undercuts, undercutting; past and past participle undercut) [with object]
1Offer goods or services at a lower price than (a competitor): these industries have been undercut by more efficient foreign producers
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- The company's low cost base allows it to undercut competitors, offer cheaper computers, better service and still have better margins.
- The difference is that in a competitive market place, plumbers and electricians can attempt to undercut their competitors by offering a cheaper service and thus attract more work.
- An ambitious kid could make decent headway if he was willing to smooth-talk lots of retailers and undercut his competitors.
charge less than, undersell, underprice, underbid
2Cut or wear away the part below or under (something, especially a cliff).
- Opposite the cottonwood, on the far bank, is a 40-foot undercut cliff that resembles the prow of a ship.
- Or maybe, because the meandering river had undercut the bank below their old ponderosa, Duke and Doreen sensed that the tree was no longer safe.
- Rock transmits sound fairly well and heavy foot vibrations, if the ledge you're stood on is undercut below you, can warn the fish and make them nervous for a while.
2.1Cut away material to leave (a carved design) in relief.
- The Romans created this sort of glass by undercutting a solid two-layered vase to produce relief decoration.
- Detailed work is undertaken with chisels and knives, and the layers are pared away, though undercutting for sharp detail will also be done with drills.
3Weaken; undermine: the chairman denied his authority was being undercut
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- In the meantime, we are undercutting his authority.
- Or do I withhold punishment or censure and in so doing undercut the teacher's authority?
- As a result, we avoid a process that undercuts the authority of and respect for the Supreme Court.
Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌkət /Back to top
1A space formed by the removal or absence of material from the lower part of something, such as a cliff, a coal seam, or part of a carving in relief.
- Where land meets sea in the north, the power of the ocean has chiselled undercuts, caves and fissures into the limestone cliff.
- It gets better and better, the water cutting deeper into the curved and hollowed rock, with slabby undercuts and terraced waterfalls.
- Such materials can easily be peeled back in larger sections from the surface of the original model, while preserving the undercuts.
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