swamp vs. overwhelm

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NewAmerica

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Is "swamp" far more colloquial and informal than "overwhelm"?

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The Coronavirus Swamps Local Health Departments, Already Crippled by Cuts
Many state and municipal health departments saw budget and staffing cuts a decade ago that were never restored.

A. Scott Lockard, director of the Kentucky River District Health Department, which serves seven counties in rural eastern Kentucky. “We have no capacity when something like this happens,” he said of the coronavirus outbreak.Credit...


Source: NYTimes
The Coronavirus Swamps Local Health Departments, Already Crippled by Cuts
 
  • Uncle Jack

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    British English
    This is a standard use of "swamp". It is neither colloquial nor informal. It means "overwhelm", and implies something forceful. A slowly rising tide might overwhelm flood defences, but "swamp" suggests something sudden and dramatic.
     
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