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load (someone or something) down

1. To force someone, something, or an animal to carry a great deal of weight. Make sure there's a train station near the hotel—we don't want to be walking across town loaded down with suitcases. We loaded down the truck with as much many barrels of oil as it could handle and got the heck out of there. Be careful not to load the mules down with anything you don't need on the trip.
2. To overburden someone with work, assignments, or tasks. I hate the way schools are loading students down with so much homework these days. You've been loaded down with way too much at work lately. I think it's time you took a vacation.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

load someone or something down (with someone or something)

to burden someone or something with someone or something. Don't load down my car with too many people. Tom loaded himself down with work every weekend.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

load down

1. To give someone or something too much weight to carry: The driver loaded the truck down with cement. I loaded down the car with crates of groceries. The students' backpacks are loaded down with books.
2. To give someone too much work to do: My boss loaded me down with a lot of paperwork. The new professor loaded down the class with homework.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Well, the mystery was solved a few years later when I had to travel to Ponteland and so getting off the No.2 bus to get the No.5 that stopped outside the bakery, I saw my pal and others loaded down with bags.
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For the poor, the foreseeable future holds no promise of a brighter dawn, they will be loaded down until they break.
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Running along a rocky track with backpack and rifle while transporting a stretcher loaded down with sandbags and a full jerry can was the hardest physical thing I have ever done.
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