boil over phrasal

boil over phrasal
verb (I)
1 if a liquid boils over, it rises and flows over the side of the container: Keep an eye on the milk; don't let it boil over.
2 if a situation or an emotion boils over, the people involved stop being calm
(+ into): The argument boiled over into a fight.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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