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boil over

phrasal verb with boil uk   us   /bɔɪl/ verb
  • (LIQUID)

If a ​liquid that is being ​heatedboils over, it ​rises up and ​flows over the ​edge of the ​pan: Take the ​milk off the ​heat before it ​boils over. If a ​panboils over, the ​liquid in it ​rises up and ​flows over the ​edge: That ​saucepan is ​boiling over.
(Definition of boil over from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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boil over

phrasal verb with boil  us   /bɔɪl/ verb [I/T]
(of a ​liquid) to ​rise up in a ​cookingcontainer and ​flow over the ​edge If ​anger or other ​feelings boil over, they ​become too ​strong to be ​controlled: Unionmembers’ ​frustrations boiled over in ​demonstrations this ​weekend.
(Definition of boil over from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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