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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Overwhelmed, like the miner upon whom a roof has just fallen.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
As when a torrent, swell’d with wintry rains,
Pours from the mountains o’er the delug’d plains,
And pines and oaks, from their foundations torn,
A country’s ruins! to the seas are borne:
Fierce Ajax thus o’erwhelms the yielding throng.
            —Homer (Pope)
O’erwhelming his fair sight,
Like misty vapors when they blot the sky.
            —William Shakespeare

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