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swarm over (someone or something)

To crawl or gather on top of someone or something in great numbers. Players from both teams swarmed over the ball after the quarterback's fumble. All you could see was rats swarming over the pile of garbage. Mosquitos swarmed over us at the picnic, until eventually we had to pack up and leave.
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swarm around (someone or something)

To crowd closely around someone or something. The kids always swarm around the ice cream truck in the summertime. Screaming fans swarmed around the singer as he left the building.
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swarm in(to) (something or some place)

To move in(to some place or thing) very quickly and in great numbers. Customers swarmed in the moment we opened our doors for our huge Black Friday sale. Bugs began swarming into the house through the open window. Police swarmed in the building to apprehend the suspect.
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swarm out (of something or some place)

To move out (of some place or thing) very quickly and in great numbers. Students swarmed out the moment the final bell of the year rang. Bees began swarming out of the hive after we accidentally hit it with a baseball.
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swarm with (someone or something)

To be filled or covered with a huge number of people or things. I nearly died of fright to discover our trashcan was swarming with cockroaches. The beaches in this town are swarming with people in the summer, so it's actually nicer to be here in the offseason.
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swarm through (something or some place)

To move through something or some place very quickly and in great numbers. Students began swarming through the doors of the school as soon as the last bell of the year rang. Dogs swarmed through the fields and woods in search of the suspect.
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swarm (all) over someone or something

to gather and move all about on someone or throughout something or some place. The ants swarmed all over our picnic table. The children swarmed over the furniture.
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swarm around someone or something

to gather or crowd around someone or something, in the manner of a swarm of bees. The little children swarmed around the lady with the candy. The bees swarmed around the flowers.
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swarm in(to something)

[for a throng] to crowd into something or some place. People were swarming into the auditorium to hear the guitarist. They swarmed in and ran for the best seats.
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swarm out of something

to move out of something in great numbers. The bees swarmed out of the hive. People swarmed out of the park at the end of the game.
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swarm through something

to gather in a crowd and move through something or some place. The shoppers swarmed through the store, buying everything in sight. The locusts swarmed through the field, eating the entire harvest.
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swarm with someone or something

to be abundant or crowded with moving people or things. The playground was swarming with children, and I couldn't find my own. The picnic blanket swarmed with ants.
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swarm with

v.
To be full of some things or some people; abound or teem with some things or some people: The rotten log swarmed with insects. The courtroom is swarming with reporters.
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Police officers closed off a section of Woolton village for almost two hours as the bees swarmed round a hairdressing salon.
But he had asked me what I would do if the bees swarmed this week while he was away.
The two types of mayflies swarmed at the same times of day; that is, they responded to changes of weather in the same fashion.
IT'S buzz-ness as usual at a Birmingham school after thousands of bees swarmed into the build ing.
Local beekeeper Phil Dobbins eventually captured most of the bees which swarmed outside Diva Hairdressing shortly before 2pm yesterday after trapping the queen in a cardboard box.