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overkill

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verb over·kill \ˌō-vər-ˈkil\

Definition of overkill

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to obliterate (a target) with more nuclear force than required

1957

First Known Use of overkill

1957


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overkill

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noun over·kill \ˈō-vər-ˌkil\

Definition of overkill

  1. 1 :  a destructive capacity greatly exceeding that required for a given target

  2. 2 :  an excess of something (as a quantity or an action) beyond what is required or suitable for a particular purpose <publicity overkill> <an overkill in weaponry>

  3. 3 :  killing in excess of what is intended or required

Examples of overkill in a sentence

  1. Yes, we need a new car, but this huge truck seems like overkill.

  2. <the song already borders on the maudlin—the addition of a syrupy string accompaniment would just be overkill>

1957

First Known Use of overkill

1957


OVERKILL Defined for English Language Learners


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noun over·kill \ˈō-vər-ˌkil\

Definition of overkill for English Language Learners

  • : something that is much larger, greater, etc., than what is needed for a particular purpose



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