Idiom: “to be swamped”
Meaning: To be overwhelmed with a great amount of work or obligations
Jackie: I’m so tired! I think I’ve been up for about 48 hours.
Johnny: Oh, no. Why haven’t you been sleeping?
Jackie: I am absolutely swamped with work! I’m even taking it home at night and working on it. It just never seems to end!
Johnny: Well, even though you are swamped, you still need to make time to take care of yourself and get some sleep.
Sarah: This is really irritating. Pete won’t even return any or my calls or texts.
Jacob: Didn’t you hear? He is swamped with family obligations right now. He has to take care of his sick grandma and his 7 year old niece is living with him, so he has to drive her to school every day. On top of that, he works full-time.
Sarah: Well, he could at least send me a text saying he can’t talk right now because he is swamped. It’s really rude to just not answer at all. I thought he didn’t want to be friends anymore.
Jacob: No, he just has a lot of things to do. You should be more understanding and try to be supportive during this time. He’ll call eventually.
Sarah: You’re right.
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