I was at the restaurant with some friends, waiting for someone taking our order but unfortunately it took so long.

Then I was about to comment the situation, but I realized that I don't really know how to formulate it properly.

  • The waiters are so busy tonight.(I don't like this tense because I want to use something stronger than just "busy"
  • The waiters are drown tonight
  • The waiters are so overwhelmed

Which one is the best? thanks

  • If the problem was that there were too many customers for the waiters to attend to, then "The waiters are so overwhelmed." is best. Using drown is abstract, so you would need to rephrase a bit. "The waiters are drowning with customers tonight."
    – user3169
    Mar 12, 2017 at 19:48
  • The waiters are being slammed.
    – J.R.
    Mar 12, 2017 at 22:41

1 Answer 1


Some options:

  • They are overwhelmed with work tonight.
  • They are overburdened with work tonight.
  • They have tons to do tonight.
  • They are up to their ears in work tonight.
  • They are drowning in work tonight.
  • They are snowed under with work tonight.
  • They are as busy as bees tonight.

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