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

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 a medium saucepan with water to a boil over high heat. Emily Codik, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce the heat to a simmer. USA TODAY, 16 July 2022 Add a generous sprinkling of salt, bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Christopher Kimball,, 5 July 2022 Prepare the tomatoes: Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat and prepare an ice bath. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2022 Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to maintain a simmer for 5–8 minutes, until the flowers look plump and hydrated. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, 2 June 2022 For the dressing Make the salmon: In a deep skillet with a lid, add enough water to fill about three-quarters of the way and bring it to a low boil over medium-high heat, adjusting the heat as necessary. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 Bring to a boil over high heat, smashing with a potato masher to crush peaches and dissolve sugar. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of boil over

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jul 2022

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“Boil over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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