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welter in (something)

1. To wallow, writhe, or toss about in some substance. The poor animal had weltered in the mud for nearly a whole day before someone found it. We observed the tadpoles weltering in the slime of the pond.
2. To be drenched in some liquid, especially blood. Dozens of soldiers lay weltering in their own blood. The old drunk sat hunched over the bar, weltered in spilt booze and his own tears.
3. To be or become consumed with or overwhelmed by some state, condition, or emotion. The people in the region have weltered in despair and poverty ever since the local factories closed down. The boss's cryptic message left me weltering in anxiety about the security of my job. I weltered in a confused haze for several hours after trying the drug, and I vowed never to do it again.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

welter in something

1. to roll about or wallow in something; to be immersed in or surrounded by something. Most breeds of pigs will welter happily in mud. I hate having to welter in the heat.
2. [for someone or something] to drip or run with liquid, such as blood, sweat, water, etc. Three minutes into the jungle, we were weltering in our own sweat. The wounded man weltered in his blood.
3. Fig. to be immersed in something such as activity, work, demands, etc. (Fig. on {2}.) Toward the peak of the season, we welter in orders for our goods. She was weltering in work, eager to take a break.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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