spill into

spill into (something or some place)

1. Of a liquid, to flow out of a container or over some barrier and into something or some place else. Don't fill the casserole dish too high, or some will spill into the oven while it's cooking. The floodwaters rose above the embankment and spilled into the adjacent fields.
2. To go beyond the borders or parameters of something and into something else, especially due to growing too large in size, amount, or scope. The protests outside the central bank began growing so large that they eventually spilled into the entire financial district. So many people turned up to the bar for Mary's birthday that we all started spilling into the streets.
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spill (out) into something

 and spill (over) into something
to be so great in number or volume as to expand into another area. The crowd spilled out into the street. The well-wishers spilled over into the neighbor's yard.
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11 million penalty against Thousand Oaks for the 86 million gallon sewage spill into the Arroyo Conejo in February.
In Sherman Oaks, ``slope failure'' along a 60-foot-long section of hillside closed a stretch of Mulholland Drive on Wednesday morning, but didn't spill into the street, said inspector David Keim of the Department of Building and Safety.
Rockwell Science Center officials said Thursday that human and mechanical error combined to cause a toxic spill into Conejo Creek on Christmas night.
State and local agencies should learn the results of Rockwell Science Center's investigation into a toxic spill into Conejo Creek today.