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English definition of “swallow up something/someone”

swallow up something/someone

verb phrasal verb with swallow  /ˈswɑl·oʊ/ us  
to take someone or something in so that it is destroyed or no longer independent: The company was swallowed up by a competitor. A house in Florida disappeared Thursday, as a 40-foot-wide sinkhole began swallowing it up.
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