submerge (someone or something) under (something)

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submerge (someone or something) under (something)

1. To plunge someone or something under the surface of a liquid, especially some body of water. I submerged myself under the surface of the lake to avoid detection by the guards. The heavy winds ended up capsizing the boat and submerging it under the waves.
2. To cover someone or something with a liquid, either fully or partially. Used especially in passive constructions. Half the town was left submerged under mud and debris after the hurricane. The entire cave is submerged under water, so we'll need scuba equipment to access it.
3. To obscure, obfuscate, or drowned out something with or through something else. The candidate is very good at submerging criticism under virulent attacks on her opponents. There are worries that recovery efforts will end up being submerged under the violent outbursts between the two countries.
4. To overwhelm, overpower, or overburden someone with something. Used especially in passive constructions. I just feel like I'm being submerged under all these different responsibilities. You can't start submerging the system under all these layers of complexity and expect it to work as it was originally intended.
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submerge someone or something under something

to put someone or something below the surface of a liquid. The maid submerged her mistress under the surface of the water for a moment and brought her up and dried her off. They submerged themselves under the surface of the water and had a look around.
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MAKKAH: A woman and her 24-year-old daughter lost their lives after their car got submerged under water in the Qanona Valley, east of Al-Laith governorate, recently.
KARACHI -- The main University Road and some streets leading to it were flooded following the bursting of a water pipelines near Baitul Mukaram mosque in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area here on Saturday.The valve of a 48-inch diameter water pipeline collapsed, inundating a large portion of University Road and other streets in the area.In a similar incident a few hours earlier, the main water supply line burst near Aziz Bhatti park and as a result a big part of the area had submerged under water.
today, October 23, 2015, Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council's Management Officer Liz Mungcal said 24 villages in Calumpit are still submerged under four to 10 feet of flood; 16 Hagonoy villages, three to eight feet; 12 Pulilan villages, two to four feet; village of Pinalagdan in Paombong, under three to four feet.
Nawabshah Road has also submerged under breaching canal water affecting been traffic to Sukkur.
Tens of hectares of salt ponds in Galis and Pademawu sub districts have also been submerged under the floodwaters.
A 7,000-year-old teppeh in Iran's southern province of Fars has reemerged after two years of being submerged under 23 feet of water.
Last time, in 1998, the Jetty was submerged under about six feet of water and was completely invisible.