boil over - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyboil over
he/she/itboils over
present participleboiling over
past tenseboiled over
past participleboiled over
  1. 1
    if a situation or feeling boils over, people cannot control their anger and start to fight or argue

    Racial tensions in the area were boiling over.

    boil over into:

    The dispute finally boiled over into a series of violent protests.

  2. 2
    if a liquid boils over, it rises so much when it boils that it flows over the top of the container that it is in

    There was a hissing sound as the soup boiled over.

See also main entry: boil