erupt into (something)

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erupt into (something)

1. To burst into something, often a noise. The crowd erupted into cheers when the band finally took the stage.
2. To escalate abruptly into a new situation or problem. What he thinks is a moment of constructive criticism often erupts into an argument with his daughter. Please don't let this little squabble erupt into a major rift between you two.
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erupt into something

[for something] to become a serious problem suddenly. The argument erupted into a terrible fight. They were afraid the fight would erupt into a riot.
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References in classic literature ?
Motionless, one eye only turned upon the crack, he focused that one eye upon the head and eyes of the gaunt gutter-cat whose head had erupted into the crack like an apparition.
An undercover Internal Affairs investigation in South Los Angeles erupted into a gunbattle late Wednesday, when unidentified assailants began firing at the officers.
A coed softball game erupted into a bench-clearing brawl, with the adult players swinging punches and baseball bats at one another, and one man drawing a gun, authorities said Tuesday.