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inundate
as in:  inundated with requests


We were inundated with requests.
  overwhelm with a large number

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flood (overwhelm with water)
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  • We were inundated with requests.
  • the basement was inundated after the storm
  • To stop the inundation of her tears
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Local Goodwills got inundated with these come summer—university graduates shedding their old souvenirs.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • And when I release this deluge on you, you’ll have your own queue, and you’ll be inundated for the next two hours, till lunch.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The hospital refused to allow other visitors even though they were inundated by requests, as they wanted me to be able to concentrate on my rehabilitation in private.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Moments later we were inundated with a flood of calls from media, clients, families, and children’s rights advocates.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The images and memories start inundating my mind like the floodgates have just been lifted.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • The spring tides had not come in full force, the great flood tides that would inundate the marshes completely, washing away tons of the Spartina grasses that had finished the life cycle, bringing the dead grasses in clumps from the inner marsh, and carrying them out to sea.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • His grief was an inundation—Amazonian.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • While investigators combed Japan for Mutsuhiro, prosecutors were inundated with some 250 POW affidavits concerning his actions in camps.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Water surged across the once-dry floor of the sink, inundating farms and settlements, eventually drowning four hundred square miles of desert and giving birth to a landlocked ocean.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • "So much to discuss," Aro said, his tone suddenly that of an inundated businessman.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Her face was inundated with an angry colour and she looked as if she would attack someone with her hands.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Here and there, especially at first, the inundation started on them and swept by; but when they had done descending, and were winding and climbing up a tower, they were alone.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • However solitude is looked upon as a restraint to the pleasure of the world, in company and conversation, yet it is a happy state of exemption from a sea of trouble, an inundation of vanity and vexation, of confusion and disappointment.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The special effects were a bit too realistic for some locals, and emergency services were inundated with calls from people who claimed that the dead were walking the streets.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • I am so satiated with the great number of detestable books with which we are inundated that I am reduced to punting at faro.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Its air is much more attenuated than ours, its oceans have shrunk until they cover but a third of its surface, and as its slow seasons change huge snowcaps gather and melt about either pole and periodically inundate its temperate zones.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • My hope is that if we inundate cities like Dras-Leona with rumors of Eragon’s prowess, when we actually reach the city and they see him, they will join us of their own accord and we can avoid a siege.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Every pore inside the boys’ cheeks became a spouting fountain; they could scarcely bail out the cellars under their tongues fast enough to prevent an inundation; little overflowings down their throats occurred in spite of all they could do, and sudden retchings followed every time.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • In that fatal valley, at the foot of that declivity which the cuirassiers had ascended, now inundated by the masses of the English, under the converging fires of the victorious hostile cavalry, under a frightful density of projectiles, this square fought on.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Fancy me yielding and melting, as I am doing: human love rising like a freshly opened fountain in my mind and overflowing with sweet inundation all the field I have so carefully and with such labour prepared — so assiduously sown with the seeds of good intentions, of self-denying plans.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Naturally Nicole, wanting to own him, wanting him to stand still forever, encouraged any slackness on his part, and in multiplying ways he was constantly inundated by a trickling of goods and money.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • , this sea of houses was seen to be pierced at intervals by several groups of ruined towers, from the ancient wall, like the summits of hills in an inundation,—like archipelagos of the old Paris submerged beneath the new.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Cravings, instincts, desires that harm humanity, a strange hidden reservoir to burst forth suddenly and inundate the whole being of the creature with anger, hate, or fear.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • We were led out of the prison gates and immediately inundated with the press.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The red blood inundated her face, previously so pale.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • There was a… field surge… more like a tsunami than a tide… the Sphinx… the artifact Rachel was in… was totally inundated.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • …were, by all true reasons of state, the great aggravation of your crimes; that you, who were able to extinguish the fire by discharge of urine in her majesty’s apartment (which he mentioned with horror), might, at another time, raise an inundation by the same means, to drown the whole palace; and the same strength which enabled you to bring over the enemy’s fleet, might serve, upon the first discontent, to carry it back; that he had good reasons to think you were a Big-endian in…
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The barracks was inundated in an ocean of sound, a maelstrom of the human voice straining toward absolute limits, toward nullity, toward inconceivable thresholds of derangement.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • …Select for life, shall in the ark be lodged, And sheltered round; but all the cataracts Of Heaven set open on the Earth shall pour Rain, day and night; all fountains of the deep, Broke up, shall heave the ocean to usurp Beyond all bounds; till inundation rise Above the highest hills: Then shall this mount Of Paradise by might of waves be moved Out of his place, pushed by the horned flood, With all his verdure spoiled, and trees adrift, Down the great river to the opening gulf, And…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …gulfstream, north and south equatorial courses: its violence in seaquakes, waterspouts, Artesian wells, eruptions, torrents, eddies, freshets, spates, groundswells, watersheds, waterpartings, geysers, cataracts, whirlpools, maelstroms, inundations, deluges, cloudbursts: its vast circumterrestrial ahorizontal curve: its secrecy in springs and latent humidity, revealed by rhabdomantic or hygrometric instruments and exemplified by the well by the hole in the wall at Ashtown gate,…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • We must do something before we’re inundated.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • But at that moment no fear of falling in of the roof, or even of inundation was capable of stopping us.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The faucet exploded, surging out of its recess into the ceiling as a powerful gush of water inundated his entire head.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • A /freshet/, in eighteenth century English, meant any stream of fresh water; the colonists made it signify an inundation.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Adding it to water and active bacteria would quickly get it inundated, replacing any population killed by the Toilet of Doom.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • The city was inundated with middle-class arrivals from the Midwest, especially in the years leading up to the Great Depression.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Her organism seemed to be so inundated by toxins that she was ravaged by numerous illnesses, sometimes alternately, sometimes all at once.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Since we first debuted on NPR in spring 2005, we have been inundated with calls, letters, and e-mails from people wishing to participate in This I Believe in some way.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • The reaping of the wheat had begun in our north midland county of Loamshire, but the harvest was likely still to be retarded by the heavy rains, which were causing inundations and much damage throughout the country.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • He tried to suppress the welter of thoughts, both to preserve some measure of privacy and to avoid inundating Glaedr with unwanted information, thus confirming the dragon’s opinion about his lack of discipline.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • High school football players across the country, with the help of their fathers and their coaches, inundated Lemming’s little office in Chicago with tapes of their performances, press clippings, and letters of recommendation.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Walking across an inundated field on islands that barely rose from shallow puddles with wind-ruffled tops, Alessandro smelled the air and was reminded of other winters and other dark places, where, after you came in from the cold, the battle was over.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • It seemed to me, also, that in it might be shown men a ray of divinity, the present action of the soul of this world, clean from all vestige of tradition, and so the heart of man might be bathed by an inundation of eternal love, conversing with that which he knows was always and always must be, because it really is now.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • He remembered chiefly the brown stains of the recent flood, which had flowed through the town and inundated its lower floors, the broad main street, the odorous and gleaming drugstore, scented to him with all the spices of his fancy, the hills and fields of Aiken, in South Carolina, where he sought vainly for John D. Rockefeller, a legendary prince who, he heard, went there for sport, marvelling that two States could join imperceptibly, without visible markings, and the cotton gin…
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He is inundated with Howardisms suddenly; all true, those old and wrinkled maxims, proverbs, clichés.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • The city didn’t realize that we were being inundated with people coming in, because it was a gradual thing," Ransom said.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • …Sometimes in the Lineaments of the face; which was called Metoposcopy; or by Palmistry in the lines of the hand; in casuall words, called Omina: Sometimes in Monsters, or unusuall accidents; as Ecclipses, Comets, rare Meteors, Earthquakes, Inundations, uncouth Births, and the like, which they called Portenta and Ostenta, because they thought them to portend, or foreshew some great Calamity to come; Sometimes, in meer Lottery, as Crosse and Pile; counting holes in a sive; dipping of…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
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