(Of a bad situation or strong emotion) reach a point at which it can no longer be controlled or contained: years of frustration spilled over into violence
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- Video footage of her killing has made her into a symbol of the struggle for democracy, which this year spilt over into violence.
- Most news media have conducted a blackout of the attacks, which some said have spilled over into the streets.
- Their enthusiasm spilled over the footlights, enthusiasm always does.
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