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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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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.
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