Example sentences for: overkill

How can you use “overkill” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Pundit-turned-presidential-spinner Sidney Blumenthal, who testified before Kenneth Starr's grand jury, is Issue 1. Calling the Blumenthal subpoena prosecutorial overkill, the commentariat diagnoses Starr as having a chronic case of political "tin ear," and gives the week to President Clinton.

  • The movie "reeks of film-student overkill" (Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today ). It would only be allowed to "ooz[e] out of Miramax's storeroom" in the otherwise fallow month of January, says the Village Voice 's Amy Taubin: "[I]ts devices are too shopworn to allow for a personal or original point of view."

  • Critics complain that Los Angeles architect Barton Myers' postmodern building, consisting of concert halls and theaters, looks like a "cineplex" (Mark Swed, the Los Angeles Times ), with interiors that verge on kitsch (examples of overkill: steel rods poking out of ceilings; floors inlaid with colored stones).

  • One of the key causes of press overkill of the sort we're now witnessing in l'affaire Lewinsky is the papers' tendencies to do stories about anything that has to do with Topic A, even if it would otherwise merit virtually no news play.

  • In true newspaper overkill fashion, the piece backs this up by consulting Cynde Watson, national makeup artist for Bobbi Brown Essentials, and Steven Zdatny, a historian at West Virginia University specializing in the aesthetics and politics of hair.


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