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 boil over (audio) \ noun

Examples of boil over in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower temperature to maintain a simmer. Mona Talbott, WSJ, 9 June 2021 Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and bring the sugar mixture to a boil over high heat. G. Daniela Galarza, Arkansas Online, 2 June 2021 Combine the milk, water and oil in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Adrian Spinelli, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021 Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring often, until the juices are released and the berries start to break down, about 20 to 25 minutes. Jill O’connor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2021 In this exclusive first look at the Teen Mom OG season 9 reunion, airing April 20 at 8 p.m., the tensions between two loving fathers-slash-alpha males — in this case, Larry Edwards and Taylor McKinney — boil over in an acrimonious exchange. Kristen Baldwin,, 16 Apr. 2021 But as northern Michigan becomes more popular and accessible, long-simmering conflicts boil over. John Flesher, Detroit Free Press, 22 Feb. 2021 Their frustrations may boil over again later this week when WADA publishes the full 186-page ruling, a process that will take place only after the sports court rejected a Russian appeal to block its disclosure. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2021 Pour the cream into a small saucepan, add the zest, season with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, about 2 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of boil over

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jun 2021

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“Boil over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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