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 How to pronounce boilover (audio) \ noun

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Frustration over repeated delays in scheduling elections threatened to boil over in recent days as sporadic protests broke out around the country of 69 million people. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thais Try Again: Military Junta Calls for March Elections," 23 Jan. 2019 Fashion has reacted with a Lang-aissance that began simmering in 2015 and has now begun to boil over. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Has War-Core Replaced Normcore in Fashion?," 27 July 2018 Frustrations are clearly starting to boil over the Pride. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride falls 3-1 to host Houston Dash," 12 July 2018 The mercury in the Rio Grande Valley isn’t the only thing that’s about to boil over. Will Bunch,, "In America's moral civil war, whose side is God on, anyway? | Will Bunch," 17 June 2018 Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, add 1 teaspoon salt, then turn down to a low simmer. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, "A humble feast begins with lentils," 7 Jan. 2019 Tensions in the school and the community quickly boiled over as Bloods and Latin Kings banded together to go after MS-13, police said. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "MS-13 is ‘taking over the school,’ one teen warned before she was killed," 9 Mar. 2018 Earlier in the third, emotions boiled over when Colorado center Alexander Kerfoot bumped into Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk in the net. USA TODAY, "Bergeron scores 4 goals for Bruins in 7-1 win over Carolina," 6 Jan. 2018 His seizure of Ukrainian ships in November could also boil over in 2019. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of boil over

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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