In a post-Citizens United World, however, the real power lies with big-monied groups that can overwhelm person-to-person networks.
They want to reduce you to unflattering stories; instead, you overwhelm them with unforgettable pantomimes.
On the negative side, the sheer tonnage of opinions can overwhelm and cause a degree of amnesia.
He used his strength to overwhelm defenders but he also had nifty footwork, soft hands, and was a beautiful passer.
Wages of Destruction is a book so rich in ideas and information as almost to overwhelm discussion.
My dear Miss Holland, he answered gratefully, you overwhelm me with your kindness.
As for Garson, once again the surge of feeling threatened to overwhelm his self-control.
He traveled over the route taken by Xerxes' army when it swept down to overwhelm Greece.
We should indeed survey and prepare for danger, but we should never suffer it to overwhelm us.
People stood instinctively out of her way, as before some rushing force which might overwhelm them.
early 14c., "to turn upside down, to overthrow," from over- + Middle English whelmen "to turn upside down" (see whelm). Meaning "to submerge completely" is mid-15c. Perhaps the connecting notion is a boat, etc., washed over, and overset, by a big wave. Figurative sense of "to bring to ruin" is attested from 1520s. Related: Overwhelmed; overwhelming; overwhelmingly.