spill out

phrasal verb

spilled out also spilt out; spilling out; spills out
: to fall, flow, or run over the edge of a container or to cause or allow (something) to fall, flow, or run over the edge of a container
The bag ripped open and the flour spilled out onto the floor.
The bag ripped open and spilled out its contents all over the floor.
She spilled the contents of her purse out on the table.
sometimes used figuratively
All his thoughts suddenly came spilling out.
He spilled his thoughts out to her.

Examples of spill out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Celebration of the ruling soon spilled out onto social media. Fabiola Sánchez and Megan Janetsky, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Sep. 2023 Out back, a brick patio spills out to a notably large swimming pool; beyond that, a grassy lawn is surrounded by mature trees, tall hedges and a citrus orchard. James McClain, Robb Report, 6 Sep. 2023 The ball spilled out in a dangerous area, but Louisville was once again unable to finish. oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2023 Shearling could be seen spilling out from under high-heeled flip-flops and horsebit pumps, cushioning feet in a luxurious cloud of fluff, or covering clogs and boots completely, adding texture to looks with more two-dimensional dresses. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Aug. 2023 The kitchen is sleek with premium appliances and a walk-in fridge, while the neighboring family room spills out to the yard thanks to walls of sliding glass doors. Mark David, Robb Report, 1 Sep. 2023 Only six hours later, at around 11, a similar scene played out downtown at the AMC Boston Common 19, as moviegoers spilled out onto the sidewalks after the theater was evacuated because of fighting. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Aug. 2023 The style, sold by the slice and topped almost exclusively with either cheese or flat pepperoni slices, quickly caught on among the late-night crowds of 20-somethings spilling out of nearby bars. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2023 The season is at its best, with crackling storms washing away days of sticky heat, and fruits and vegetables spilling out of garden beds. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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“Spill out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spill%20out. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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