Definitions

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  • verb To deliver less, or at an inferior level, than promised or expected

Etymologies

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under- +‎ deliver

Examples

  • Unfortunately, the Democrats who run Washington believe in this time of fiscal challenges we should continue propping up government programs that overspend and underdeliver.

    House votes to end foreclosure-assistance program

  • Some members expressed a fear that again euro-zone governments would "overpromise and underdeliver" in the face of the crisis.

    Worries Abound That Fixes for Crisis Will Underdeliver

  • Unfortunately, the Democrats who run Washington believe in this time of fiscal challenges we should continue propping up government programs that overspend and underdeliver.

    House votes to end foreclosure-assistance program

  • This sounds straightforward, but it typically requires conscious attention and courage from the CEO; otherwise, the top team can underdeliver for an extended period of time.

    Three Steps to Building a Better Top Team

  • HOUSTON — The chief executive of the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the world's largest crude producer, warned that enthusiasm for alternative energy could engender "green bubbles" as the new technologies "overpromise but then underdeliver."

    Oil Chief Warns of 'Green Bubbles'

  • HOUSTON — The chief executive of the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the world's largest crude producer, warned that enthusiasm for alternative energy could engender "green bubbles" as the new technologies "overpromise but then underdeliver."

    Oil Chief Warns of 'Green Bubbles'

  • "In India, historically, they overpromise and underdeliver," says Ms. Lee.

    India's Infrastructure Drive Must Steer Around Potholes

  • "China always seems to overreach or underdeliver," he says, pointing to a series of recent diplomatic tiffs with once-eager partners such as Vietnam, South Korea and Australia.

    China's Economy Is Set to Top Japan's

  • HOUSTON — The chief executive of the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the world's largest crude producer, warned that enthusiasm for alternative energy could engender "green bubbles" as the new technologies "overpromise but then underdeliver."

    Oil Chief Warns of 'Green Bubbles'

  • HOUSTON — The chief executive of the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the world's largest crude producer, warned that enthusiasm for alternative energy could engender "green bubbles" as the new technologies "overpromise but then underdeliver."

    Oil Chief Warns of 'Green Bubbles'

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