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Definition of spill verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    spill

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//spɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɪl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spill
    BrE BrE//spɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɪl//
     
    he / she / it spills
    BrE BrE//spɪlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɪlz//
     
    past simple spilled
    BrE BrE//spɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɪld//
     
    past participle spilled
    BrE BrE//spɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɪld//
     
    past simple spilt
    BrE BrE//spɪlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɪlt//
     
    past participle spilt
    BrE BrE//spɪlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɪlt//
     
    -ing form spilling
    BrE BrE//ˈspɪlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɪlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (especially of liquid) to flow over the edge of a container by accident; to make liquid do this Water had spilled out of the bucket onto the floor. The bag split, and sugar spilled everywhere. spill something He startled her and made her spill her drink. Thousands of gallons of crude oil were spilled into the ocean. I managed to carry three full glasses without spilling a drop.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of people) to come out of a place in large numbers and spread out The doors opened and people spilled into the street. (figurative) Light spilled from the windows.
  3. Word Originverb Old English spillan ‘kill, destroy, waste, shed (blood)’; of unknown origin.Extra examples After the clubs closed, the drinkers spilled out into the streets. He nodded, his tears spilling over. He opened the curtains, letting the morning light spill into the room. I accidentally spilled my drink all over him.Idioms
    cry over spilt milk (British English) (US English cry over spilled milk)
     
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    to waste time worrying about something that has happened that you cannot do anything about As the saying goes—it's no use crying over spilt milk.
    (informal) to tell somebody something that should be kept secret or private
    spill (somebody’s) blood
     
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    (formal or literary) to kill or wound people Nothing can justify spilling innocent blood.
    spill your guts (to somebody)
     
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    (North American English, informal) to tell somebody everything you know or feel about something, because you are upset He has spilled his guts in his new autobiography.
    Phrasal Verbsspill somethingoutspill over (into something)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spill