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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of overwhelm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. same as overpowered.
  • adj. defeated easily by a greatly superior opponent.


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  • Daniel Nestor can only come up with the word "overwhelmed" to describe the feeling of having a star with his name on it placed alongside stars for Canadians such as Wayne Gretzky and Michael J. Fox.

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  • I would really prefer to maintain my optimism, because I think that feeling overwhelmed is rarely helpful.

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  • And Worldcon's smaller scale means you aren't overwhelmed from the first instant, and can meet people without a completely tactical plan (without cell phones, meeting anyone at CC would be a nightmare, and as it was I missed people I wanted to see or played aisle-tag).

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  • "So overwhelmed is the Department of Charities with tens of thousands of applications from men out of work that it finds itself unable to cope with the situation."


  • One of the reason why I get overwhelmed is not the amount of stuff to read, what actually stresses me, is the amount of REALLY goo stuff to read! and when I finally get to it, my brain is in information overload.

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  • Suddenly out of nowhere, when least expected, life throws you a curve and you feel just plain overwhelmed and under prepared?

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  • You seem to do quite well already, but if feeling overwhelmed is tripping you up, maybe some of these notions will help!

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  • This writer is trying to do that but just when I think she's about to go somewhere with the story, I'm once again overwhelmed by the attempts at what seems to be a writer out to prove something.


  • Others were once again overwhelmed by compassion and hoped against hope that this time round it will all be different.

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  • Unlike a year ago, when Wayne Simien missed a 15-footer at the buzzer to give 14th-seeded Bucknell an improbable victory, Kansas looked unprepared and overwhelmed from the start in this one. - Scores


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