If someone were to stop us, then it would be easy for us to overwhelm them with confusing conceptual jargon.
In a post-Citizens United World, however, the real power lies with big-monied groups that can overwhelm person-to-person networks.
On the negative side, the sheer tonnage of opinions can overwhelm and cause a degree of amnesia.
They want to reduce you to unflattering stories; instead, you overwhelm them with unforgettable pantomimes.
Craig put in an impressive performance, refusing to allow short-term tactics to overwhelm larger questions of principle.
My dear Miss Holland, he answered gratefully, you overwhelm me with your kindness.
Swept by the waves Peter's ship may be, they say, but the waters cannot overwhelm it.
He traveled over the route taken by Xerxes' army when it swept down to overwhelm Greece.
“You overwhelm me,” answered the valiant sea-fighter, blushing.
People stood instinctively out of her way, as before some rushing force which might overwhelm them.
early 14c., "to turn upside down, to overthrow," from over- + Middle English whelmen "to turn upside down" (see whelm). Meaning "to submerge completely" is mid-15c. Perhaps the connecting notion is a boat, etc., washed over, and overset, by a big wave. Figurative sense of "to bring to ruin" is attested from 1520s. Related: Overwhelmed; overwhelming; overwhelmingly.