make (one's) head swim

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make (one's) head swim

1. To make one feel very dazed, bewildered, or shocked. He was so overwhelmed with information on his first day on the job that it was making his head swim. Looking at all the legal mumbo jumbo in these contracts always makes my head swim.
2. To cause one to feel lightheaded, dizzy, or delirious. The fumes from these cleaning products are making my head swim. Tall heights make my head swim, so I try to avoid them as much as possible.
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make someone's head swim

 and make someone's head spin 
1. Fig. to make someone dizzy or disoriented. Riding the merry-go-round makes my head spin. Breathing the gas made my head swim.
2. Fig. to confuse or overwhelm someone. All these numbers make my head swim. The physics lecture made my head spin.
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References in classic literature ?
The faintest possible whiff of a familiar perfume made my head swim with its suggestion.
I was borne upon the arms of demons who swept along upon the wind, and bore down bank and hedge before them, and spun me round and round with a rustle and a speed that made my head swim, until at last they threw me from them with a violent shock, and I fell heavily upon the earth.
Love would spin pretty words that made my head swim. Love would tell me I was the smartest girl he knew.
It was almost six years ago that I sat at my computer with puffy eyes, tears running down my face, as hateful YouTube comments flooded my vision and made my head swim.