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brim over

1. Of a liquid, to flow over the top of a container. Turn off the burner before the soup brims over!
2. To exhibit something, such as a trait or emotion, to a great degree. With our trip just days away, the kids are totally brimming over with excitement. This song just brims over with emotion.
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brim with (something)

1. Literally, to be filled to the upper rim (or "brim") of a particular container or thing. The basket was brimming with muffins, so I didn't know which kind to choose! Now that we're back from vacation, the hamper is just brimming with dirty clothes.
2. By extension, to exhibit something, such as a trait or emotion, to a great degree. With our trip just days away, the kids are brimming with excitement. This song just brims with emotion.
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filled to the brim

1. Completely full; teeming; having no room to spare. I've got so many meetings and deadlines these days that my schedule is filled to the brim! Her mind was filled to the brim with ideas for her new book. I felt filled to the brim after my grandmother's Thanksgiving meal.
2. Intensely experiencing a particular feeling or emotion. She is filled to the brim with nervous energy now that her performance is just a week away.
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full to the brim

Completely full; teeming; having no room to spare. I've got so many meetings and deadlines these days that my schedule is full to the brim! Her mind was full to the brim with ideas for her new book. I felt full to the brim after my grandmother's Thanksgiving meal.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

brim over (with something)

 and brim with something
to overflow with something. The basket was brimming over with flowers. I was brimming with confidence after my recent success.
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brimming with something

Fig. full of some kind of happy behavior. The volunteer workers were brimming with goodwill. The smiling children were brimming with joy.
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filled to the brim

filled all the way full; filled up to the top edge. I like my coffee cup filled to the brim. If the glass is filled to the brim, I can't drink without spilling the contents.
See also: brim, fill
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

filled to the brim

As full as possible; also, completely satisfied. For example, We're filled to the brim with excitement. This expression transfers the idea of a container filled to the very top. W.S. Gilbert used it in the comic opera The Mikado (1885): "Three little maids from school are we, Filled to the brim with girlish glee." [c. 1600]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

brim

n. a hat. Man, that is one fine brim you got.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

filled to the brim

As full of something as possible. The transfer from a container filled to the very top to other matters took place in the sixteenth century, so by 1601 Shakespeare wrote, “He will fill thy wishes to the brimme” (“Antony and Cleopatra,” 3.13). W. S. Gilbert used the term to describe the three little maids in The Mikado (1885): “Filled to the brim with girlish glee.”
See also: brim, fill
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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