underkill

un·der·kill

 (ŭn′dər-kĭl′)
n.
1. Insufficient force to defeat an enemy.
2. An insufficient amount of what is necessary or appropriate for a purpose: regulatory underkill.

un′der·kill′ v.

underkill

(ˈʌndəˌkɪl)
n
(Military) informal US a lesser force than is needed to defeat an enemy
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