overkill

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From over- +‎ kill.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

overkill (uncountable)

  1. (literally) A destructive capacity that exceeds that needed to destroy an enemy; especially with nuclear weapons.
  2. (idiomatic) An unnecessary excess of whatever is needed to achieve a goal.
    24 hours of TV coverage of the US election verged on overkill.
    Should I give you yet more homework, or would that be overkill?

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Verb[edit]

overkill (third-person singular simple present overkills, present participle overkilling, simple past and past participle overkilled)

  1. (transitive) To destroy something with more (nuclear) force than is required.