Meanwhile, liberals are asking what overwhelmed immigration officials are supposed to do now.
With this kind of volume, the machinery of deportation is overwhelmed at every stage, especially our immigration courts.
A woman who aims for a tone of quiet meditation as she goes through life would be overwhelmed.
Papadakis says the local consulates are so overwhelmed that they have stopped taking new applications for visas altogether.
Aboard the Qantas A380, the computers were overwhelmed by a firestorm of error messages and basically gave up.
She turned from the window, overwhelmed by the desire for instant flight.
The children of that pair have been overwhelmed, and found no such refuge.
I usually found him overwhelmed with place-hunters; for in France political mendicancy exists under every form of government.
I made superhuman efforts at resistance, but was overwhelmed with fatigue.
The argument was a telling one, and the princess was overwhelmed by it, and from that moment her defeat was assured.
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.