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Up to (one's) neck in alligators

business adage The full expression is some variation of: "When you are up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the goal was to drain the swamp." It is easy to be so overcome or preoccupied by various tangential worries, problems, or tasks that one loses sight of the ultimate goal or objective. I've spent so much time dealing with various infrastructure problems for my new business that I've had no time to actually develop our product properly. I guess it's easy to forget, when up to your neck in alligators, that the mission is to drain the swamp.
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swamp (someone or something) with (something)

1. To cover someone or something with a large amount of something, especially water. Often used in passive constructions. Heavy rainfall swamped the paths with water, making the mountain totally inaccessible. The tiny village was swamped with mud as a result of the landslide.
2. To fill a boat or ship with water, especially to the point of sinking. Often used in passive constructions. A huge wave swelled up and swamped the boat with ice-cold water. Our ship was being swamped with water, so we had to swim for shore if we wanted to survive.
3. To surround someone or something with something overpowering or pervasive, especially an odor. Often used in passive constructions. His cooking swamped the house with the smell of onions and garlic. I walked in the door and was instantly swamped with the stale stench of cigarettes, booze, and unwashed men.
4. To burden or overwhelm someone or something with a large amount of something. Often used in passive constructions. Angry customers began swamping the customer service department with complaints and threats. After the famous actor mentioned our company in one of his social media posts, we became swamped with orders from all over the country. I'd love to come see your game tomorrow, son, but I'm totally swamped with work right now.
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swamped

Extremely busy, to the point of being overwhelmed, overburdened, or overworked. We've been absolutely swamped ever since the famous actor mentioned our company in one of his social media posts. I'd love to come see your game tomorrow, son, but I'm totally swamped with work right now.
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swamp someone or something with something

to cover or deluge someone or something with something. The flood swamped our property with river water. The many orders for their product swamped the small business with too much to do.
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swamped

1. mod. very, very busy. I can’t handle it now. I’m swamped.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Look at him! He’s swamped—stoned out of his mind.
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In 2011, the Water Resource Authority said, 'Land use changes, encroachment on Ondiri swamp and increasing groundwater abstraction threaten Kikuyu springs.'
They described the swamp eels as similar to 'small snakes seen in the paddy field.'
Besides land conversion and climate change, other threats to Candaba Swamp are the resurgence of hunting or poaching of birds and excessive growth of vegetation, particularly water hyacinth.
The only problem is that it isn't an easy animal to photograph because it's so swamped in the reeds.
The council also ordered the company to restore the land to its original condition as a swamp.
As the peat samples and historical sources show, the population then used the swamp forests for the extraction of firewood and building materials and also collected food there.
Forest Service closes off the road between the swamp and the bluff to vehicular traffic from the first of September to mid-October to allow snakes, toads, frogs, lizards and turtles to cross the road unmolested.
The Great Dismal Swamp, an aptly named wetlands, stretches over 112,000 acres and straddles the border between Virginia and North Carolina, and it featured in the minds and creative imaginations of many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century authors, poets, artists, and writers.
Peat swamp forests are tropical forests in which the soil is filled with water, which stops dead leaves and wood from completely decomposing or rotting.
Yet this is not how one of the leading Russian political scientists interprets the prospect of "draining the swamp." Celebrating Trump's election, Alexandr Dugin--who has been described as "Putin's brain"--interprets "draining the swamp of corruption" in an expansive sense that means getting rid of the "globalists," or the enemy forces supporting cosmopolitan ideas and the struggle for human rights.
Since swamp pink and small whorled pogonia both tend to occupy relatively small spatial areas, land managers cannot readily determine their distribution across the installation by looking at aerial photographs or topographic maps.
These trees had long been rooted in the swamp when ivory-billed woodpeckers and Carolina parakeets (now extinct) flourished in the tree canopy, and panthers and wolves lurked in the shadows.
When they got close to a swamp formed by rainfall, one of the boys fell into it.
"Always keep the wind in your favor, because deer live by the wind in swamps just like they do anywhere else," Harris added.
In present paper, red swamp crayfish, with efficient burrowing activities and coupling propel pattern of abdomen with tail, was selected to study the feasible methods in the visual reconstruction and feature analysis of the surface morphology of living things.