Phrasal Verbs

drown out

This page is about the phrasal verb drown out


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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