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Last updated at 10:09 GMT, Thursday, 06 December 2012

Snowed under

Two people walking in the snow

People walk amongst trees covered in snow in Hokarangen, Stockholm. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/Getty

Today's Phrase

If you are 'snowed under', you have too much to do and not enough time to do it.

For example:

I'm sorry, I can't write that report for you right now – I'm snowed under with work today.

Mum didn't have time to bake a cake; she was snowed under with cooking the dinner.

I'm going to treat myself to a spa weekend. I've been so snowed under this week; I need some time to relax.

Don't confuse it with

When the snow falls so heavily that you can't leave the house, we say that you are 'snowed in'.

Wendy rang to say that she can't come for dinner tonight – she's snowed in!

Interesting fact

A huge storm brought large amounts of snow to the Stockholm area of Sweden this week. Around 30cm of snow fell in one night, causing widespread transport disruption. A further 20cm of snow is predicted to fall in the coming days.

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