overkill
I. transitive verb Date: 1957 to obliterate (a target) with more nuclear force than required II. noun Date: 1958 1. a destructive capacity greatly exceeding that required for a given target 2. an excess of something (as a quantity or an action) beyond what is required or suitable for a particular purpose <
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3. killing in excess of what is intended or required

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