`teeming with’

When you say that the river is teeming with fish, what you mean is that the river is full of fish.* “In other words, `teeming with’ means in great numbers. It also means that the people or animals are moving around quite a bit.

Examples: ” I’m told that during summer, most hill stations are usually teeming with tourists.”

“It is also possible to use the expression `teem with’ figuratively. For example, Sujatha says her mind is teeming with ideas.”

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – February 26, 2007

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