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burst out

1. To flow out of something suddenly or with great force, as of a liquid. Water is bursting out of this pipe, and I can't get it to stop!
2. To leave a place suddenly or energetically. After our argument, Caitlin burst out of the room in a huff. The kids burst out of school cheering on the last day before summer vacation.
3. To suddenly perform a particular action. My mother was fine this morning, but she burst out crying at the funeral.
4. To pop out of something, often clothes that are too small. I'm sorry, but that top just doesn't fit you—you're practically bursting out of it!
5. To speak loudly and abruptly. I couldn't even finish telling my story before my mom burst out in opposition.
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burst out (of something)

Fig. to seem to explode out of something; to become [suddenly] too big for something, such as clothes, a house, etc. She is practically bursting out of her dress. The butterfly burst out of the chrysalis.
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burst out

(of some place) to come out of a place very rapidly, like an explosion. Everyone burst out of the burning building. Suddenly, the windows all burst out.
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burst out

see under burst into.
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burst out

v.
1. To explode outward: The container was under so much pressure that it burst out.
2. To leave some place suddenly and forcefully: The doors from the bar opened and the crowd burst out. After school, the children burst out onto the playground.
3. To say something suddenly and loudly: The defendant burst out at the lawyers from the witness stand.
4. To start doing something suddenly: At the end of my story, everyone burst out laughing. The children burst out in song.
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References in classic literature ?
At this idea, he burst out laughing all at once, in quite unaffected mirth, and without giving any explanation.
After a few moments' rest, the orchestra played crashingly, and a small fat man burst out upon the stage.
Turlington struck his hand excitedly on the table, and burst out on a sudden with the answer which had been so strangely delayed.
he burst out, with a furtive look, which expressed his inveterate distrust of Natalie and of every one about her.
Ferrari's heart beat as if it would burst out of her bosom, when her conductress led her into an ante-room, and knocked at a door opening into a room beyond.
YELLOWSTONE MARS A "Yellowstone Park" on Mars has been discovered where hot springs and geysers may once have burst out of the planet's interior.
When they are ripe, the seeds will burst out and jump at least 30 feet.