the act or fact of boiling over: an automatic burner control that eliminates boilovers.
Other definitions for boil-over (2 of 2)
an unexpected result.
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British Dictionary definitions for boilover (1 of 2)
a surprising result in a sporting event, esp in a horse race
a sudden conflict
British Dictionary definitions for boil over (2 of 2)
to overflow or cause to overflow while boiling
(intr) to burst out in anger or excitement: she boiled over at the mention of his name
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Other Idioms and Phrases with boilover
Erupt in anger, excitement, or other strong emotion. For example, The mere mention of a tax increase will make Kevin boil over. This phrase alludes to overflowing while boiling. [Second half of 1800s]
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