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drown in (something)

1. Literally, to die from asphyxiation while submerged in a liquid. No one is drowning in the ocean today—not on this lifeguard's watch!
2. To cause oneself, someone, or something die from asphyxiation while submerged in a liquid. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "drown" and "in." Virginia Woolf's writing career came to an end in 1941 when she drowned herself in the River Ouse.
3. To overwhelm someone with an abundance of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "drown" and "in." I don't mean to drown you in paperwork, but I do need all of these documents filed today.
4. To be completely overwhelmed by the abundance of something. I need one of those interns to help me file today because I'm totally drowning in paperwork.
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drown (someone or an animal) in something

to cause someone or an animal to die of asphyxiation in a liquid. He accidentally drowned the cat in the bathtub. She drowned herself in the lake.
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drown someone in something

Fig. to inundate someone with something. (See also drown in something.) I will drown you in money and fine clothes. Mike drowned the nightclub singer in fancy jewels and furs.
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drown in something

1. . Lit. to be asphyxiated in some liquid. Wouldn't you hate to drown in that nasty, smelly water? lam not choosy about what I don't want to drown in.
2. Fig. to experience an overabundance of something. We are just drowning in cabbage this year. Our garden is full of it. They were drowning in bills, not money to pay them with.
See also: drown
References in classic literature ?
No--tell the little boy we are sorry we do not know where his uncle is; but we are quite certain he hasn't been drowned in the sea.
Both were said to be drowned in a bid to rescue each other.
KARACHI -- Five persons including two brothers were drowned in Karachi's Hawkes Bay beach while bathing near camp point on Sunday morning.
KARACHI -- Five persons including two brothers drowned in Karachi's Hawkes Bay beach while bathing near camp point on Sunday morning.
On the same day, Piolo Pilapil, 16, drowned in Barangay Bagong Silang in Calatagan, Batangas.
The girl drowned in a swimming pool at a resort in Ras Al Khaimah.
Karen Lumley MP is vice-chair of the group and has been working with RLSS since teenager Richard Fellows drowned in her Redditch constituency last year.
In 2012, more than 73,000 people drowned in the western Pacific
Muscat: Nine people drowned in different incidents across various wilayats during the Eid Al Adha holidays.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- ystanbul residents flocked to beaches when the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr started on Thursday, but celebrations ended in sorrow for some as 12 people drowned in the province over the weekend, pushing this year's total of drowning incidents in ystanbul to over 20, while five others drowned elsewhere around the country.
A Civil Defense team recovered the body of 2-year-old Ali Jfar, who drowned in the Fayda River in Zahle, the National News Agency reported.
A MAN drowned in a bath - despite sitting upright with his head out of the water, an inquest heard yesterday.
The county board said it will accept the city's offer to extend until March 2011 the deadline for a decision on whether to buy about 100 acres near Golden Gardens Park, which the city re developed for safety last year after two boys drowned in 2005.
For children one to four years old, 56% drowned in artificial pools and 26% in lakes, streams, and other bodies of freshwater.