drink from a fire hose

drink from a fire hose

To take on or be inundated by more of something (i.e., work, responsibility, information, etc.) than one is capable of handling. My first day on the job was like drinking from a fire hose—they threw so much at me that I don't know how I'll remember any of it.
See also: drink, fire, hose
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In the past, the common remedy for the T1 bottleneck was to make the jump to a 45Mbps T3 circuit, but, at six to eight times the price of a T1 line, going to T3 is like trying to take a drink from a fire hose and at a price that companies can't afford.
Trying to get political information from the Internet is a little bit like trying to get a drink from a fire hose.
The educational experience MBA candidates receive is so high-pressured it has been compared to trying to take a drink from a fire hose.