boil over

verb
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 The political upheaval has brought back elements of the old regime into a shaky new government, which is confronted with public discontent over a weakening economy hobbled further by the coronavirus pandemic. 1. Why did tensions boil over? Anuradha Raghu, Bloomberg.com, "Why Malaysia’s Politics Are Messy and What’s at Stake," 10 May 2020 Long-running tension between a Cudahy alderman and the city's mayor boiled over into a physical altercation April 14 that left both men with minor injuries — and one of them cited for disorderly conduct. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Cudahy alderman was cited for fighting with the city's mayor and throwing him against a car," 7 May 2020 With Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan’s script clicking on all cylinders, Kershner let the chemistry between stars Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford boil over for the romantic payoff the saga needed midway through the story. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "All the ‘Star Wars’ movies ranked: May the 4th be with you," 4 May 2020 Finalist: Jiaying Fu; Episcopal School of Dallas Jiaying relates how rivalries can boil over into racist, homophobic bullying on social media. Dallas News, "Student journalists win Dallas Morning News contest for covering tornadoes, homecoming, vaping and more," 20 Apr. 2020 Malaysia has undergone a week of extreme political turmoil, which saw the implosion of the government less than halfway through its term after a power struggle boiled over and Mahathir resigned. Yantoultra Ngui, BostonGlobe.com, "Former rivals unite in Malaysia race to form next government," 28 Feb. 2020 Transfer the remaining liquid to a medium saucepan and boil over medium-high until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Pour the reduced sauce over the celery, straining, if desired, and sprinkle with fresh celery leaves and parsley. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Celery: Behold the heart of Thanksgiving," 27 Nov. 2019 Nobody gets through a season like this without the frustration boiling over a few times and the Orioles were not the exception. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: Orioles’ Brandon Hyde has proven he’s the right man for a very difficult job," 29 Sep. 2019 The two giants of English football were battling it out over titles, and the clashes between the two often boiled over into on-field (and off) scraps. SI.com, "This Weekend's 7 Must-Watch Games From Around Europe," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of boil over

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 May 2020

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“Boil over.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boil%20over. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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