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spill

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] uk   /spɪl/ (spilled or UK also spilt, spilled or UK also spilt) us  
B1 to (cause to) flow, move, fall, or spread over the edge or outside the limits of something: I spilled coffee on my silk shirt. You've spilled something down your tie. Let's see if I can pour the juice into the glass without spilling it. He dropped a bag of sugar and it spilled all over the floor. Crowds of fans spilled onto the field at the end of the game.
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noun [C] uk   /spɪl/ us  
an amount of something that has come out of a container: a fuel spill on the road Could you wipe up that spill, please? In 1989, there was a massive oil spill in Alaska.
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