Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

overkill

overkill
Meaning(s)
1) excessive
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • the amount of meetings in this office is overkill
  • Analysis
    If something is overkill it is excessive or 'over the top'. As a noun, 'overkill' means to use more than what is necessary to achieve the result required. It can be used to talk about excessive force or something overly lavish. It is used to express negativity towards quantities or amounts. As a transitive verb, 'overkill' means to destroy with more nuclear force than necessary. 
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The amount of cleaning she does at home is overkill - the house is already spotless.
    2. I agree with disciplining children, but excessive punishments like grounding them for days is overkill, in my opinion.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I feel another enquiry into this matter would be overkill. We have already wasted enough resources as it is.
    2. We want to provide enough information for our customers, but not so much that it would be considered overkill and turn them away.
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