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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.
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A four-year-old Arab girl drowns in a swimming pool in a resort in Ras Al Khaimah.
A 56-year-old man drowns in a hotel swimming pool in Al Khan area of Sharjah.
A 36-year-old Egyptian man drowns in a swimming pool at a resort, Sharjah.
A 29-year-old man, whose brother claimed he didn't know how to swim, drowns in a pool at Al Mamzar Beach Park.
An eight-year-old boy drowns In a swimming pool during a pool party in Dubai.
A 15-year-old Egyptian boy drowns in his school's swimming pool in Abu Dhabi.
A four-year-old Emirati boy, drowns in the swimming pool at his house in Suhailah area in Ras Al Khaimah.
A seven-year-old boy drowns in the pool at a public park in Fujairah.
For every child who drowns in a pool tragedy, as many as 10 or more survive accidental falls because they have taken swim lessons.