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spill

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[ spil ]
/ spɪl /
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verb (used with object), spilled or spilt, spill·ing.

verb (used without object), spilled or spilt, spill·ing.

(of a liquid, loose particles, etc.) to run or escape from a container, especially by accident or in careless handling.

noun

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Nearby words

spikenard, spiker, spiky, spile, spiling, spill, spill over, spill the beans, spillage, spillane, spillikin

Idioms

    spill the beans. bean(def 11).
    spill/toss one's cookies. cookie(def 7).

Origin of spill

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before 950; 1920–25 for def 6; Middle English spillen to kill, destroy, shed (blood), Old English spillan to kill; cognate with Middle High German, Middle Dutch spillen; akin to spoil
Related formsspill·a·ble, adjective, nounnon·spill·a·ble, adjectiveun·spilled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-spillable (1 of 2)

spill

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/ (spɪl) /

verb spills, spilling, spilt or spilled (mainly tr)

noun

Derived Formsspiller, noun

Word Origin for spill

Old English spillan to destroy; related to spildan, Old High German spaltan to split; see spoil

British Dictionary definitions for non-spillable (2 of 2)

spill

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/ (spɪl) /

noun

a splinter of wood or strip of twisted paper with which pipes, fires, etc, are lit
a small peg or rod made of metal

Word Origin for spill

C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German spilla, Middle Dutch spile stake
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Idioms and Phrases with non-spillable

spill


In addition to the idiom beginning with spill

  • spill the beans

also see:

  • shed (spill) blood
  • take a spill
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