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  • v  perform less well or with less success than expected
    John consistently underachieves, although he is very able

  • Expected to underachieve in a season of teen-boy farces, it triumphs by being its smart, shambling self, though it takes a while to get there.
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  • Vince Ellis: Cheeks' calming influence might help Pistons
    No one is predicting Cheeks will make the Pistons overachieve - but most think the team won't underachieve under his direction. And that might just provide enough stability in the era when the clock starts ticking before the ink is dry on coaching contracts.
    June 14, 2013 - Detroit Free Press

  • Adam Eaton in USA Today
    I don't think upset is the right word,Eaton said. "Underachieve? Yeah. The expectations for both sides coming in were unrealized. One was achieved last year, but not in the way we thought."
  • Jim Bowden in SI.com
    Some guys overachieve in spring training, some guys underachieve. It only matters when the bell rings,Bowden said. "For us, it's always going to come down to what our pitching is. We still have to resolve first base and left field -...
  • Andre Agassi in San Jose Mercury News
    I personally know what it feels like to underachieve and come in last, because I slipped to an embarrassing low in my career,said Agassi, who lives in Las Vegas. "My ranking was the tennis equivalent of being the state that comes in 50th."

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