boil over

verb
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

Definition of boil over

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

boilover

play \ˈbȯi(-ə)l-ˌō-vər\ noun

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First Known Use of boil over

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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