American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Destructive nuclear capacity exceeding the amount needed to destroy an enemy.
- n. Excessive killing.
- n. An excess of what is necessary or appropriate for a particular end: "government overkill in dealing with dissent” ( Jesse Unruh).
- v. To destroy (an enemy or enemy target) with more nuclear force than necessary.
- n. literally A destructive capacity that exceeds that needed to destroy an enemy; especially with nuclear weapons.
- n. idiomatic An unnecessary excess of whatever is needed to achieve a goal.
- v. transitive To destroy something with more (nuclear) force than is required.
- n. the capability to obliterate a target with more weapons (especially nuclear weapons) than are required
- n. any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal
- From over- + kill. (Wiktionary)
“Like Marcos, Mrs. Arroyo ran a campaign in 2004 to which the label overkill equally applies.”
“But critical overkill is a very popular approach still to writing about books.”
“Right well what I mean by it being overkill is that I don't think data recovery is a good enough reason, in that there are easier ways of recovering data without partitioning.”
“With all the election coverage in overkill mode right now, it might to play a little “what if”.”
“If overkill is the argument here any one of you using a larger caliber than me should hang your head in shame.”
“In this world view objecting to isreali overkill is “anti jewish”, and objecting to american troops raping and killing innocent iraqis with impunity is “anti-american”.”
“As a result, the courts are bound by these statutory damages, which often result in overkill (ie, a teenager being fined for tens of thousands of dollars for downloading the latest Brittany Spears single).”
“BBN and ARPA decided that the ruggedized Honeywell 516, reflecting too much worry about reliability, was an expression of overkill.”
“Hey, if anyone knows what grotesque overkill is – it’s the Jews!”
“This sammich-needin’ quality is frequently present in overkill quantities in science-fiction movies, because everyone wears leotards.”
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