from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To perform worse or achieve less success than expected.
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- v. To achieve less than expected; to fail to fulfil one's potential.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. perform less well or with less success than expected
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Black children underachieve, she said, "because of what the well-meaning liberal does to him".
"Most of us still have the capacity to take additional actions that would improve both short-run and long-run growth prospects," and the biggest risk to the global recovery is that advanced nations underachieve on growth, Mr. Geithner said.
Or maybe they will continue to underachieve, because there are some deep-seated problems in San Francisco.
"The greatest risk to the world economy today is that the largest economies underachieve on growth," Geithner told the gathering.
Until the Sharks stop concentrating on having great regular seasons and instead build their team for the playoff grind, they will continue to underachieve.
Next they underachieve at GCSE, failing to go in such large numbers to university; when they do, they are less likely to gain a 2: 1 or a first.
But in tomorrow's report, the story of ethnicity is a complicated one – in which poor black boys underachieve, as do those from Irish Traveller families, but poor Chinese girls overachieve; Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities see different outcomes to Indian ones; and there is a growing group of mixed race children who in themselves have complex outcomes.
Mr. Obama may be counting on Republicans not to underachieve but to overreach.
Even today, the economy looks like it will underachieve -- not unexpectedly following such a serious financial crisis.
The economy would underachieve for several years, declared the Famous Strategist.
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