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spill over

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] uk phrasal verb with spill   /spɪl/ (spilled or UK also spilt, spilled or UK also spilt) us  
If an activity or situation spills over, it begins to affect another situation or group of people, especially in an unpleasant or unwanted way: I try not to let my work spill over into my life outside the office. The conflict threatens to spill over into neighbouring regions. to continue for a longer time than expected: The talks between the two leaders look likely to spill over into the weekend.
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