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 \ noun

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Now, with six months to go until the U.K. is set to quit the bloc, those divisions are boiling over. Max Colchester, WSJ, "U.K. Conservative Party Reveals Its Deep Divides," 1 Oct. 2018 Frustration, evident on most Fever faces, boiled over in the fourth quarter when Pondexter was called for a technical foul. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Fever fall to 2-18 in loss against Minnesota Lynx," 11 July 2018 The Jerusalem area was boiling over with tensions and a location that was once a blessing instead became a curse. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Unfinished Palestinian parliament a grim symbol," 6 July 2018 In January last year, tensions again boiled over when a local advocacy group organized a march to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., on his birthday. Jessica Mendoza, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Red Hen aftermath, a community wades through nation's vitriol," 29 June 2018 Ed Stefanski, for now A lot of times in sports when a team is struggling, the anger in the fan base either boils over or turns to apathy. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Let's see how Detroit Pistons core looks together before giving up," 23 June 2018 Frustration boiled over for Vegas with just a couple minutes remaining. Tyler Horka,, "Stanley Cup Final: Capitals Roll to Game 4 Win, 3-1 Series Lead Over Golden Knights," 4 June 2018 The parking issue boiled over in recent years as thousands of people daily sought to visit the park, known for its towering old-growth redwoods, and competed for the 232 parking spots. Michael Shapiro, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to visit Muir Woods by shuttle, car and bike," 16 May 2018 Sometimes, that tension boils over into full-fledged conflict. Clyde Verdin,, "To tight end, or not to tight end. That is the question," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of boil over

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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