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boil over

Definition of boil over in English:

1(Of a liquid) flow over the sides of the container in boiling: the milk’s boiled over
More example sentences
  • The liquid boiled over, and the tank was at once enveloped in flames.
  • One day someone forgot to turn off the steam - the thick porridge-like liquid soap boiled over and oozed over the factory floor before anyone realised.
  • Do not allow mixture to boil or to boil over the side of the pan.
1.1(Of a situation or strong emotion) reach a state of such intensity that it can no longer be controlled or contained: one woman’s anger boiled over
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  • I've always had a stubborn streak, but I've never let my emotions boil over like that before.
  • Emotions boiled over inside me, and I burst out crying.
  • It was too much for her to take and her anger boiled over.
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