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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DROWNING

Only in the cafes there is a clamor of voices and a drowning of care.

And I don't mind your drowning sorrow in the flowing bowl, either.

"It's a drowning man's straw," he said, a little breathlessly.

"And there's a third reason why I wish to be away," went on Roland, drowning the noise.

I glanced at his daughter: she hung on him with a drowning look.

She would have received with composure the news of his drowning.

Nay, he was drowning his sorrows therein, for his Master, alas!

She had been so distressed at first that she had thought of drowning herself in the river.

She must have been drowning there for the last hundred years.

In the breaking waters of his madness he was struggling like a drowning man.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, transitive and intransitive, perhaps from an unrecorded derivative word of Old English druncnian (Middle English druncnen) "be swallowed up by water" (originally of ships as well as living things), probably from the base of drincan "to drink."

Modern form is from northern England dialect, probably influenced by Old Norse drukna "be drowned." Related: Drowned; drowning.

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