Definition of boilover in English:


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Australian /NZ informal
A surprise result, especially the defeat of a favourite in a sporting event.
More example sentences
  • They will meet face-to-face before the third and final cricket Test to discuss how best to prevent a boilover between players.
  • South African teams stole the limelight in the second round, with the Bulls scoring their first win in New Zealand and the Sharks forcing a boilover against the ACT Brumbies at home.
  • It was remarkable tackle by his brother Jamie that set the scene for the boilover.

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