Grover Norquist famously wants to shrink government to such a small size that you can drown it in a bathtub.
Watching her drown her sorrows in hooch and then get beat up by Crazy Eyes in the showers was ghastly…but great television.
It is installing speakers on the streets to drown out our cries of “down with the dictator” with cries of “down with the USA.”
But, she dog-paddled furiously, thrashed about, made a lot of waves, and managed not to drown.
Fallon: This cast is so stacked with talent—Whitford, Harden, Watkins—that I expected Akerman to drown here.
The nickerman is so powerful that, if once he gets you, he can drown you in a teaspoon of water!
The girl scarcely knew whether it were best to hold on or to drown.
They have scuttled the boat, Hugh, and mean to drown us like rats; the cowards.
“The fellows will drown themselves if they attempt to land there,” said Jack.
And will she cry, do you think—for we have no pipes to drown her screams?
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.