boil over

verb

boiled over; boiling over; boils over

intransitive verb

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

Examples of boil over in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Well, that frustration finally boiled over for Peter Vermes last weekend. Daniel Sperry, Kansas City Star, 16 May 2024 With partisanship and discord boiling over during the last few election cycles, Dalio’s attendance at a Taylor Swift concert gave him a glimmer of hope at a future where political leaders unite — rather than divide — citizenry. Rocio Fabbro, Quartz, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for boil over 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of boil over was in the 15th century

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“Boil over.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boil%20over. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

boil over

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

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