Today's Word of the Day means...
"Also þikke as snow þat snew,The figurative sense of "overwhelm" is 1880, Amer.Eng., in phrase to snow (someone) under. Snow job "strong, persistent persuasion in a dubious cause" is World War II armed forces slang, probably from the same metaphoric image.
Or al so hail þat stormes blew."
[Robert Mannyng of Brunne, transl. Wace's "Chronicle," c.1330]
To burden or assail with excessive demands, work, etc; overwhelm: until a frailer man than he would have been snowed under (1880+)
To persuade in a dubious cause, esp by exaggeration, appeals to common sentiment, etc; blow smoke: The electorate will not be snowed into supporting that silly measure (1945+)Related Terms
[verb sense fr the idea of snowing someone under with articulate reasons]
Common in Palestine in winter (Ps. 147:16). The snow on the tops of the Lebanon range is almost always within view throughout the whole year. The word is frequently used figuratively by the sacred writers (Job 24:19; Ps. 51:7; 68:14; Isa. 1:18). It is mentioned only once in the historical books (2 Sam. 23:20). It was "carried to Tyre, Sidon, and Damascus as a luxury, and labourers sweltering in the hot harvest-fields used it for the purpose of cooling the water which they drank (Prov. 25:13; Jer. 18:14). No doubt Herod Antipas, at his feasts in Tiberias, enjoyed also from this very source the modern luxury of ice-water."