underachiever

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un·der·a·chiev·er

(ŭn'dĕr-ă-chēv'ĕr),
One who manifests underachievement.

underachiever

A person whose achievements are less than what is predicted to be possible, based on his or her aptitudes, intelligence, and socioeconomic status.
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For the purpose of this study, gifted underachievers and advanced underachievers were identified through teacher-researcher comparison of discrepancies between individual academic grades, standardized test scores, and in-class observations of student-demonstrated potential, ability, and performance during activities; discussions; and high student-interest assignments (Dowdall & Colangelo, 1982).
Previous research suggests that underachievers appear to display negative attitudes toward school (Bruns, 1992; Clark, 1988; Diaz, 1998; Ford, 1996; Frankel, 1965; Mandel & Marcus, 1988; McCall Evahn, & Kratzer, 1992; Rimm, 1995).
The accompanying text said that the first plane had contained '23 immature underachievers who complained about being tired and missing their families after two weeks in a luxury hotel', while the other 'carried the coffins of seven fallen soldiers who had spent months away from their loved ones, living in tents in a war zone.
The Dutch have been labelled underachievers, but the same was said of Spain before Euro 2008.
Dynamo are consistent underachievers at this level, but buoyed by taking the league title back from Shakhtar, reaching the Uefa Cup semi-finals and starting the season in fine form, perhaps there is a greater air of confidence this time.
Higham (right) returns to face St Helens for the first time in a Warrington shirt well aware of the task facing Super League's biggest underachievers.
Now racing - like parliament - needs a proper programme book to prevent liberties from being taken and underachievers from working the system.
Table-tennis fanatic Tilson (above) needed a way to fire up his underachievers - and found it on the training ground ping-pong table.
OXFORD are living up to their perennial underachievers tag, but they are a tough nut to crack at the Kassam Stadium and are worth backing to beat Kidderminster this evening.
Spain may be underachievers on the big stage but if they get it right then it could be them.
2 Having thrown off the 'perennial underachievers' tag, Spain are in danger of being labelled the 'new Germany'.
Magpies owner Mike Ashley has ordered a cull of underachievers and sold Turkey midfielder Emre to Fenerbahce at the weekend, as well as releasing Stephen Carr along with youngsters Peter Ramage and James Troisi.