Definition of be snowed under in English:

be snowed under

phrasal verb

  • Be overwhelmed with a very large quantity of something, especially work.

    ‘he's been snowed under with urgent cases’
    • ‘For the past three months, ambulance crews like 735 have been snowed under with calls.’
    • ‘I was snowed under in college with exams, just as I am with projects now.’
    • ‘But I just started 6th form college and I've been snowed under with work.’
    • ‘The report, for the year 1999, shows the 11 member board is snowed under by a growing backlog of complaints despite a fall in the number of fresh complaints for that year.’
    • ‘Over the last few months, the two committees have been snowed under with work.’
    • ‘The city's cat shelter is snowed under with new arrivals, as summer is their busiest period, being similar to the post-Christmas boom in unwanted dogs.’
    • ‘Well, and it's not just patients and their families that are being snowed under by the paperwork in the bureaucracy.’
    • ‘He says he has now paid the client her £400, while the delays in replying to the letters happened when he was snowed under with work.’
    • ‘I have been snowed under by a request to know what colour this farm is; red, yellow or green.’
    • ‘Experience shows that many directors face one of two challenges: either having far too little information to gain a proper perspective on a company's financial health, or being snowed under by too much information.’
    • ‘Naturally this column has no understanding of how this happened, but it would be nice to think that we will not be snowed under by complaints about a) its alumni events or b) problems with the alumni website in the future.’
    • ‘I expected to be snowed under with applications but we have only received 67 and time is running out.’
    • ‘I genuinely hope that I don't get time to read these books, due to the fact that I'll be snowed under doing miscellaneous ‘other things’ that I can't really talk about at the moment.’
    • ‘He claims to be snowed under with correspondence.’
    • ‘And such has been the demand that the ticket office has still been snowed under by requests, with officials at the club not expecting to know the final figures until later this week.’
    • ‘There wasn't a holiday in the UK, so people were still sending me e-mail, but I took an hour or two at lunch time and cleared them, so that I wouldn't be snowed under when I got in today.’
    • ‘I've been snowed under with bursary and applying for med school.’
    • ‘If he has been snowed under lately, blame the Highland weather.’
    • ‘One respondent told the researchers, ‘Everyone seems to be snowed under now.’’
    • ‘Last time we were snowed under with similar letters my colleague sent the following reply.’
    inundate, overwhelm, overload, overrun, flood, swamp, deluge, engulf
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