Rick Santorum: Needs to strike in Iowa but likely to get swamped by Bachmann, Perry, and Cain.
The Daily Pic: In 1913, New Yorker Robert Winthrop Chandler was a successful radical, until he got swamped by Matisse and Duchamp.
But even as Lyndon Johnson swamped Barry Goldwater at the top of the ticket—winning California along the way—Salinger lost.
Howard Kurtz talks to Michael Steele about the decision that swamped the convention.
But in the past decade the city of less than 60,000 inhabitants has been swamped with over 20 million visitors each year.
The men were hauled on board; then the long-boats were swamped and sunk.
The freshening wind rolled in such a surf that there was great danger that their boat would be swamped.
One was swamped and went down, and the other, as you saw, was stove in.
This, with the baron's previous mortgages, swamped the estate.
At present everything was swamped in a sea of glorious enjoyment, and he was no less really happy than Leonora.
1624 (first used by Capt. John Smith, in reference to Virginia), perhaps a dialectal survival from an Old English cognate of Old Norse svoppr "sponge, fungus," from Proto-Germanic *swampuz; but traditionally connected with Middle English sompe "morass, swamp," probably from Middle Dutch somp or Middle Low German sump "swamp." Related to Old Norse svöppr "sponge." Swamp Yankee "rural, rustic New Englander" is attested from 1941.
"overwhelm, sink (as if in a swamp)," 1772, from swamp (n.). Figurative sense is from 1818. Related: Swamped; swamping.
To become tense and ineffective; choke up: I flat-out swallowed the apple and blew it (1970s+ Sports)