from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Insufficient force to defeat an enemy.


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  • The challenge is to make your action response just right and not go to overkill, which you will have to take back, or underkill, which will only allow them to keep raging at you.

    Mark Goulston, M.D.: Rage -- Coming Soon From a Narcissist Near You

  • I know this is underkill to a guy like Ohio but its a good show of fandom for me.

    The Phinsider

  • Finding ActionMailer to be overkill, but Net:: SMTP to be ... um, underkill?

    almost effortless

  • Luna park astro density - a deflatulent neighborly cranial busride, an abridged jitney, a swerve shocks skeezier sublunar underkill dose wobble gato muttonskin chrysalis monks on acid: vocational turtle-like dissonance.

  • As authorities worldwide hold the key to curbing the global financial crisis, Roach said, "it is critical for [both monetary and fiscal] policy [to] err on the side of overkill - not underkill."

    Taipei Times

  • Immune system backfire happens when cells either underkill (failing to attack when they should) or overkill (attacking something when they shouldn’t).

    You Staying Young


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