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 boilover (audio) \ noun

Examples of boil over in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Assemble your sugar and water in a saucepan, give them an initial stir and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Making simple syrup really is easy. Here’s how to jazz it up with infused flavors.," 6 July 2020 To prepare compote, place strawberries, rhubarb, sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring continuously. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Top pancakes with strawberry and rhubarb sauce loaded with vitamin C," 26 June 2020 No word yet on whether this will boil over into a larger escalation. Alex Chaet, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 26 June 2020 Stir in the chicken broth, salt, and cumin and bring to a boil over medium heat., "Recipe: Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice," 17 June 2020 Typically in the internet outrage cycle, something like this would boil over, the person in question would apologize and disappear for a while, and nothing really substantive would change. Soleil Ho,, "Bon Appetit’s problem is the food media’s problem," 11 June 2020 As tensions boil over, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is holding firm in his decision to leave up a controversial post by the President referencing violence. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The most popular police scanner app is donating proceeds to charity," 3 June 2020 One of the leaders of the Dallas protests on Friday, Dominique Alexander, expressed frustration over being asked whether events might boil over. Miles Moffeit, Dallas News, "Dallas civil rights leader Peter Johnson appeals for peaceful response to police violence, racism," 30 May 2020 Demonstrations in Houston began peacefully Friday afternoon but later boiled over at night, with protesters obstructing highways, hurling objects at officers and destroying police cars. Dylan Mcguinness, Houston Chronicle, "Governor deploys state officers to Texas cities amid George Floyd protests; Houston reports nearly 200 arrests," 30 May 2020

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First Known Use of boil over

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jul 2020

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“Boil over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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