boil 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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boilover \ˈbȯi(-ə)l-ˌō-vər \ noun

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Congress grappled with immigration last week as President Trump’s actions over the past weeks boiled over into a border crisis. Sarah Binder, Washington Post, "Immigration boiled over last week. Here’s what Congress did — and why.," 25 June 2018 And then, abruptly, both ceremonies are over—the labor was a false start, and the simmering tensions in the Waterford household finally boil over. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 10 Is Its Most Horrifying Yet," 20 June 2018 As time was winding down in the Warriors' 124–114 win, Love was seen walking away from the bench and on to the floor just before tempers boiled over leading to a big scuffle center around Tristan Thompson and Draymond Green. Kenny Ducey,, "Report: Kevin Love Won't be Suspended for Leaving Bench in Game 1," 1 June 2018 Then came the night of Feb. 4, 1899 — the first date the Americans and Filipino insurgents would reach a tipping point and tensions boiled over to full-on war. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "He was the 1st Idahoan killed in action. And he died in a war you've probably never heard of. | Idaho Statesman," 27 May 2018 Related: Council spat over Brockhouse request for investigation boils overFor more than 20 years, the San Antonio City Council has opted for the certified agenda option, with meeting notes taken by the city clerk. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Brockhouse pushes for recording of closed-door meetings," 18 May 2018 In recent months, the world's top diplomat, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, has warned that Israeli and Iranian tit-for-tat strikes in Syria could quickly boil over to a regional conflagration. Nic Robertson, CNN, "The world is nervously watching as the gloves come off between Iran and Israel," 10 May 2018 Most recently, in Sunday night's episode (April 29) -- the third of the show's inaugural season -- Charleston's simmering concerns boiled over. Mike Scott,, "Former Saints player Jeff Charleston airs brain disease concerns on 'Southern Charm New Orleans'," 30 Apr. 2018 Subscribe to Buckeye Talk at any of these places: Or listen to the latest episode here: CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The NCAA college basketball recruiting scandal that erupted in September is boiling over again as the 2018 NCAA Tournament is about to start. Doug Lesmerises,, "How devastating is a Nick Bosa, Chase Young, Dre'Mont Jones defensive line? Buckeye Talk Podcast," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of boil over

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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