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undercut (v.)

late 14c., "to cut down or off," from under + cut (v.). In the commercial sense of "sell at lower prices" (or work at lower wages) it is first attested 1884. Figurative sense of "render unstable, undermine" is recorded from 1955, from earlier literal meaning "cut so as to leave the upper portion larger than the lower" (1874).

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Definitions of undercut from WordNet

undercut (v.)
sell cheaper than one's competition;
Synonyms: undersell
undercut (v.)
cut away material from the underside of (an object) so as to leave an overhanging portion in relief;
undercut (v.)
cut away the underpart of;
undercut a vein of ore
undercut (v.)
strike (the ball) in golf, tennis, or hockey obliquely downward so as to give a backspin or elevation to the shot;
undercut (v.)
cut obliquely into (a tree) below the main cut and on the side toward which the tree will fall;
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