burst out

phrasal verb

burst out also bursted out; bursting out; bursts out
: to begin (doing something) suddenly
They both burst out laughing.
: to say (something) suddenly
Everyone burst out "Surprise!" as he walked through the door.

Examples of burst out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some people fell to the ground and burst out crying, multiple survivors said. Gal Koplewitz Natan Odenheimer, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 People had never seen a creature bursting out of someone’s chest, at least not in that way. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2024 Lava fountains burst out of the ground, and a nearly two-mile-long fissure opened up on the Reykjanes Peninsula around 8:30 p.m., the Icelandic Meteorological Office said. Yan Zhuang, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2024 As the comet approaches the sun, the ice begins to turn to gas that can burst out of the comet in a cloud of dust that creates a huge, fuzzy cloud around the nucleus called the coma. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2024 Instead of the camp/iconic gown made famous by Björk, Moore opted for a strapless Balmain number covered in black and white beads that formed the image of a large bird with feathers (also beaded) bursting out from the side. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 24 Jan. 2024 The worm's larvae then burst out of the lungs, get coughed up by the rat, and are swallowed and eventually pooped out. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 22 Sep. 2023 An assemblage of neon feathers and phosphorescent beads burst out of drawers and scattered across the floor. Millan Verma, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2024 In addition to the urban areas and mountain communities, locations near rivers, and specifically the Ventura River, Santa Ynez River and Santa Clara River, would need to be on guard for sudden or rapid rises that could cause the rivers to burst out of their banks. Kathryn Prociv, NBC News, 2 Feb. 2024

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“Burst out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burst%20out. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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