boil over

boiled over; boiling over; boils over

Definition of boil over

intransitive verb

1 : to overflow while boiling
2 : to become so incensed as to lose one's temper

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Other Words from boil over

boilover \ ˈbȯi(-​ə)l-​ˌō-​vər How to pronounce boilover (audio) \ noun

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Those frustrations boiled over late last year after the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford suggested in November 2018 that the war wasn't going well. NBC News, "Trump wants to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by 2020 election, officials say," 2 Aug. 2019 The anger boiled over on July 1, when mostly young protesters stormed and trashed the government headquarters. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Family feuds and social media spats: The generational divide that's splitting apart Hong Kong," 9 July 2019 The tension boiled over in December 1972 when plainclothes narcotics officers pulled a man out of King’s Tavern on North Williams Avenue and began interrogating him on the sidewalk., "Sex, drugs and police corruption in Portland: How the wild 1970s paved the way to the city’s future," 1 July 2019 After a night of few fireworks Wednesday, tension over the issues of race boiled over to the forefront during Thursday night’s Democratic primary debate. Christina Prignano,, "Watch: Kamala Harris slams Joe Biden over civil rights," 27 June 2019 The issue boiled over with the Oakland Riders scandal, when a group of officers in West Oakland were accused of beating residents and planting evidence. Gwendolyn Wu,, "Echoing ‘Oakland Riders’ suits, lawsuit calls for federal monitor of Vallejo police," 27 June 2019 For the remainder of the episode, the Kardashian-Jenner sisters’ anger boils over the reported infidelity. Ariana Romero,, "KUWTK Reveals The Real Reason The Kardashians & Jordyn Woods Are Feuding," 25 June 2019 Frustrations boiled over when Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout opened the second half with an apparent goal to make the score, 2-1. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Cameroon players were furious after questionable VAR ruling took away a goal," 23 June 2019 Tension boiled over during the May 14 Vallejo City Council meeting as McCoy’s relatives, along with the family members of Angel Ramos and Ronell Foster, demanded the council take action against the police department. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Vallejo city attorney says media has it in for the city," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of boil over

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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boil off


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boil smut

boil up


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