Overwhelm, overpower, as in I can't go; I'm just snowed under with work, or We were snowed under by more votes than we could have anticipated. This expression alludes to being buried in snow. [Late 1800s]
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How to use snow under in a sentence
The snow under the feet cried out with a note like glass and steel.Wayside Courtships | Hamlin Garland
To a true tale of woman's sorrow Mrs. Furnival's heart could be as snow under the noonday sun.Orley Farm | Anthony Trollope
Its soft crimson hue contrasted with the whiteness of the snow under which it was lying half buried.The Haunted Room | A. L. O. E.
I can still hear the squeak and crunch of snow under foot, and see the glare of it.Careers of Danger and Daring | Cleveland Moffett
Still the great beast stood immovable, a little pool of blood growing upon the snow under his forward legs.The Wolf Hunters | James Oliver Curwood