drink from a firehose
drink from a firehose (third-person singular simple present drinks from a firehose, present participle drinking from a firehose, simple past drank from a firehose, past participle drunk from a firehose)
- (idiomatic) To be overwhelmed (with work, information, etc.); to be inundated with an uncapped, unfiltered amount
- (idiomatic) To take a small amount from an enormous, hard-to-manage quantity
2004, Anthony G. Wilhelm, Digital Nation: Toward an Inclusive Information Society, page 20:
- If we are to be drinking from a firehose, with billions of web pages at our fingertips, then we should possess the skills to manage its flow.