Definition

(Verb)

1. to turn (something, such as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something : to cover or engulf completely with usually disastrous effect
2. to pass or go over something so as to bury or submerge it

In Context

“By the time San Jose annexed the town to expand its sewage-treatment plant in 1968, nature had already begun to reclaim the bayside. The town of 2,500 splintered, rusted and sank as groundwater was over-pumped, sea water rose on all sides and storm surges whelmed the backed-up drains.”

Jennifer Wadsworth, The San Jose (California) Inside, 8 Dec. 2016