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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

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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References in classic literature ?
The bluff-side swarmed with the Folk, all gazing and pointing into the northeast.
Two-score archers stood about the gateway, and beat back from time to time with their bow-staves the inquisitive and chattering crowd who swarmed round the portal.
The poisonous flies and gnats swarmed around by thousands; in vain one waved myrtle-branches about like mad; the audacious insect population did not cease to sting; nor was there a single person in the well-crammed carriage whose face was not swollen and sore from their ravenous bites.
The point at issue in Kearry v Pattinson (1939 1AER) was as to the ownership of a swarm of bees which had, in the ordinary course of nature, swarmed from Mr Kearry's hive on a summers day.
IT'S buzz-ness as usual at a Birmingham school after thousands of bees swarmed into the build ing.
Terrified shoppers ran for cover as thousands of bees swarmed along a packed city centre street.
Fortunately, Dad was not home when an alarmed neighbor hastily posted the sign after a black cloud of bees flew down my father's chimney and swarmed into his North Hollywood house.
Police officers closed off a section of Woolton village for almost two hours as the bees swarmed round a hairdressing salon.
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.
But he had asked me what I would do if the bees swarmed this week while he was away.
City and county officials say they're getting swarmed with phone calls.