"American officials in Baghdad vowed today to use "overwhelming" force to avenge the grisly killings of four American contractors in Falluja on Wednesday and establish control over the volatile city. But they cautioned that the American military would not move hastily for fear of worsening a perilous situation.
"'We are not going to do a pell-mell rush into the city,' said Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, chief spokesman for the American military command in Iraq. 'It's going to be deliberate, it will be precise and it will be overwhelming.'"
tr.v. o·ver·whelmed, o·ver·whelm·ing, o·ver·whelms
1. To surge over and submerge; engulf: waves overwhelming the rocky shoreline.
a. To defeat completely and decisively: Our team overwhelmed the visitors by 40 points.
b. To affect deeply in mind or emotion: Despair overwhelmed me. 3. To present with an excessive amount: They overwhelmed us with expensive gifts.
4. To turn over; upset: The small craft was overwhelmed by the enormous waves.
Overwhelm \O`ver*whelm"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Overwhelmed; p. pr. & vb. n. Overwhelming.] 1. To cover over completely, as by a great wave; to overflow and bury beneath; to ingulf; hence, figuratively, to immerse and bear down; to overpower; to crush; to bury; to oppress, etc., overpoweringly.
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. --Ps. lv. 5.