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Related to drown out: come in handy, roughshod, take account of, so much for, drowning sorrows
drown someone (or an animal) out
[for a flood] to drive someone or an animal away from home. The high waters almost drowned the farmers out last year. The water drowned out the fields.
drown someone or something out
[for a sound] to be so loud that someone or something cannot be heard. The noise of the passing train drowned out our conversation. The train drowned us out.
drown out somethingalso drown something out
to make it impossible to hear something The plane was flying so low, the roar of its engines drowned out our conversation.
Overwhelm with a louder sound, as in Their cries were drowned out by the passing train. [Early 1600s]
To muffle or mask some sound with a louder sound: I turned up my TV in order to drown out the noise coming from next door. The protesters drowned the speaker out.