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overwhelm

verb [T] (WATER)    /ˌəʊ.vəˈwelm/ US  /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ literary
If water overwhelms a place, it covers it suddenly and completely.Floods, tides and currentsEnclosing, surrounding and immersing
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