from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To do to an insufficient degree, especially to cook for too short a time.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To put under, subject.
- v. To do something insufficiently; especially to undercook.
- v. To act below one's abilities; do less than one can.
- v. To do less than is requisite.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To do less than is requisite or proper; -- opposed to
- transitive v. To do less thoroughly than is requisite; specifically, to cook insufficiently; ; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put under; subject.
- To do less thoroughly than is requisite; especially, to cook insufficiently: as, the beef is underdone.
- To act below one's abilities; do less than one can.
- To do less than is requisite.
And if you try to 'underdo' it, you often end up with an expression that isn't cleary recognizable to the viewer.
"We were going to 'underdo' everybody else," he said.
A "surgical" strike would do neither and would also violate the Powell doctrine that in military actions one should never underdo.
I think McLame is trying really hard to look all Mavericky and because he's, well, old, he is over doing it because if you haven't noticed, the elderly don't tend to underdo much of anything.
Our new path will be to underdo: smaller, clean energy houses and smarter buying habits.
ROBERTS: Right, but you don't want to underdo it either.
A young fellow should be ambitious to shine in everything — and, of the two, always rather overdo than underdo.
So, we don't want to overdo it, but I certainly don't want to underdo it either.
They either overdo or underdo and fail to become balanced.
Each poultry keeper will have to accommodate the size of his flock to his own particular circumstances, being careful not to overdo or underdo too far.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.