drown out

This page is about the phrasal verb drown out.

Meaning: If a sound is drowned out, it can't be heard because of an ever louder sound.

For example:

  • drown sth out The jets flew low overhead and the noise was so loud that it drowned everything else out.

  • be drowned out by sth I saw The Beatles play a concert in 1966, but the music was drowned out by the sound of girls screaming.

Quick Quiz:

We were trying to talk in the pub, but our voices were drowned out by the sound of

a. beer being poured

b. glasses clinking

c. a band playing live

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