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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.
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With the one-of-a-kind integration of Amazon Kinesis Firehose and Splunk, customers can create differentiated and enhanced experiences for their end users.
Last month, it partnered with online social networking and microblogging service Twitter to provide Twittera[euro](tm)s Firehose of public tweets to Salesforce Radian6 customers.
Twitter already has some companies like Gnip that use its firehose of messages to provide data to enterprises.
On Saturday Firehose, which ended in 1994, worked hard through its own woolly, funky, buzzy para-punk; Cedric Bixler-Zavala, At the Drive-In's singer, watched from the side.
The Facebook analytics module expands on Attensity's ability to monitor and analyze more than 75 million online and social media sources, including real-time access to news organizations, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter's Firehose.
And while the number of books I dealt with in the column doesn't qualify me as a budding Harold Bloomwho boasted, absurdly, that he was capable of reading up to 400 pages an hourit does show that the publishing industry isn't a corpse but a firehose.
This was in the middle of the longest, hottest stretch without water--260 kilometres through the Gila National Forest in New Mexico--but even then, I only drank one bottle of purified water before returning to 'civilisation' and several bottles of Coca-Cola (neither the firehose water nor the Coke had any ill effects).
We've been drinking from the firehose of questions about how employers will need to adjust to the legislation now and in the coming years," he said.
Mike Watt, the great bass player for punk bands the Minutemen and fIREHOSE, once said that he was just a workman doing his job, and his instrument was just his shovel.
By this time, the automatic sensor on the back of the toilet is so confused that it flushes, propelling a stream of water like a firehose that somehow sucks everything down with such force that you grab onto the toilet paper dispenser for fear of being dragged in too.
Wilson compares their early days to "drinking water through a firehose.
At left, what's left of the home in the aftermath of the stunt is doused with a firehose.
The visual system has amazing powers to "drink from the firehose of data"--to see patterns in its mass of input, and infer from them the true properties of the objects causing them.