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spill over

(intransitive, adverb) to overflow or be forced out of an area, container, etc
(mainly US & Canadian) the act of spilling over
(mainly US & Canadian) the excess part of something
(economics) any indirect effect of public expenditure
(astronomy) the part of the noise associated with a radio telescope using a dish antenna caused by pick-up by a secondary antenna from directions that do not intercept the dish
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  • I know he is economical and would die rather than spill over.

    The Carter Girls Nell Speed
  • Will it burst and spill over or will it only noisily release its steam is anybody's guess.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • He wanted to cry out to Carl now, spill over his dreadful thoughts.

    Martyr Alan Edward Nourse
  • First came fear – that Russia will collapse, that the Balkans will spill over, that Bosnia will disintegrate.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • I am not going to spill over, and I don't care a copper penny whether you really do remember or not!

    The Fighting Chance Robert W. Chambers
  • It is mistaken generosity to fill the cup so full that when sugar and cream are added, the liquid will spill over into the saucer.

    Carving and Serving Mrs. D. A. Lincoln

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