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 for swamp
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swamp \Swamp\, v. i.
     1. To sink or stick in a swamp; figuratively, to become
        involved in insuperable difficulties.
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     2. To become filled with water, as a boat; to founder; to
        capsize or sink; figuratively, to be ruined; to be
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swamp \Swamp\, n. [Cf. AS. swam a fungus, OD. swam a sponge, D.
     zwam a fungus, G. schwamm a sponge, Icel. sv["o]ppr, Dan. &
     Sw. swamp, Goth. swamms, Gr. somfo`s porous, spongy.]
     Wet, spongy land; soft, low ground saturated with water, but
     not usually covered with it; marshy ground away from the
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           Gray swamps and pools, waste places of the hern.
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           A swamp differs from a bog and a marsh in producing
           trees and shrubs, while the latter produce only
           herbage, plants, and mosses.             --Farming
                                                    Encyc. (E.
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     Swamp blackbird. (Zool.) See Redwing
     (b) .
     Swamp cabbage (Bot.), skunk cabbage.
     Swamp+deer+(Zool.),+an+Asiatic+deer+({Rucervus+Duvaucelli">Swamp deer (Zool.), an Asiatic deer ({Rucervus Duvaucelli)
        of India.
     Swamp hen. (Zool.)
     (a) An Australian azure-breasted bird ({Porphyrio bellus);
         -- called also goollema.
     (b) An Australian water crake, or rail ({Porzana Tabuensis);
         -- called also little swamp hen.
     (c) The European purple gallinule.
     Swamp honeysuckle (Bot.), an American shrub ({Azalea
        viscosa syn. Rhododendron viscosa or Rhododendron
        viscosum) growing in swampy places, with fragrant flowers
        of a white color, or white tinged with rose; -- called
        also swamp pink and white swamp honeysuckle.
     Swamp hook, a hook and chain used by lumbermen in handling
        logs. Cf. Cant hook.
     Swamp itch. (Med.) See Prairie itch, under Prairie.
     Swamp+laurel+(Bot.),+a+shrub+({Kalmia+glauca">Swamp laurel (Bot.), a shrub ({Kalmia glauca) having small
        leaves with the lower surface glaucous.
     Swamp maple (Bot.), red maple. See Maple.
     Swamp oak (Bot.), a name given to several kinds of oak
        which grow in swampy places, as swamp Spanish oak
        ({Quercus palustris), swamp white oak ({Quercus
        bicolor), swamp post oak ({Quercus lyrata}).
     Swamp ore (Min.), bog ore; limonite.
     Swamp partridge (Zool.), any one of several Australian game
        birds of the genera Synoicus and Excalfatoria, allied
        to the European partridges.
     Swamp robin (Zool.), the chewink.
     Swamp sassafras (Bot.), a small North American tree of the
        Magnolia+({Magnolia+glauca">genus Magnolia ({Magnolia glauca) with aromatic leaves
        and fragrant creamy-white blossoms; -- called also sweet
     Swamp sparrow (Zool.), a common North American sparrow
        ({Melospiza Georgiana, or Melospiza palustris), closely
        resembling the song sparrow. It lives in low, swampy
     Swamp willow. (Bot.) See Pussy willow, under Pussy.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swamp \Swamp\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swamped; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To plunge or sink into a swamp.
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     2. (Naut.) To cause (a boat) to become filled with water; to
        capsize or sink by whelming with water.
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     3. Fig.: To plunge into difficulties and perils; to
        overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck.
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              The Whig majority of the house of Lords was swamped
              by the creation of twelve Tory peers. --J. R. Green.
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              Having swamped himself in following the ignis fatuus
              of a theory.                          --Sir W.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: low land that is seasonally flooded; has more woody plants
           than a marsh and better drainage than a bog [syn: swamp,
      2: a situation fraught with difficulties and imponderables; "he
         was trapped in a medical swamp"
      v 1: drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged; "The
           tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor" [syn: swamp,
      2: fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid; "the basement
         was inundated after the storm"; "The images flooded his mind"
         [syn: deluge, flood, inundate, swamp]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  137 Moby Thesaurus words for "swamp":
     baygall, be prodigal with, bind, bog, bottom, bottomland, bottoms,
     buffalo wallow, cascade, cataract, cesspool, cloaca, cloaca maxima,
     clutch, complication, crunch, deluge, dip, drain, drown, duck,
     dump, dunk, embarrassing position, embarrassment, engulf,
     everglade, fen, fenland, fine how-do-you-do, float, flood,
     flood the market, flow on, founder, garbage dump, glade,
     hell to pay, hobble, hog wallow, holm, hot water, how-do-you-do,
     imbroglio, immerse, inundate, jam, marais, marish, marsh,
     marshland, meadow, mere, mess, mire, mix, moor, moorland, morass,
     moss, mud, mud flat, overbrim, overburden, overcome, overdose,
     overequip, overflow, overfurnish, overlavish, overload,
     overprovender, overprovide, overprovision, overrun, oversell,
     overstock, oversupply, overtax, overwhelm, parlous straits, pass,
     peat bog, pickle, pinch, plight, pour on, pour out, pour over,
     predicament, pretty pass, pretty pickle, pretty predicament,
     purgatory, quag, quagmire, quicksand, rain, run over, salt marsh,
     scrape, scuttle, septic tank, sewer, shaking, sink, slob land,
     slop, slosh, slough, sluice, snow under, sough, spill, spill out,
     spill over, spot, squeeze, stew, sticky wicket, strait, straits,
     submerge, sump, swale, swampland, sweep, taiga, tight spot,
     tight squeeze, tightrope, tricky spot, unholy mess, view, wallow,
     wash, whelm

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