spill into (something or some place)

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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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Officials estimated about 95 tons of oil, or 700 barrels worth, had spilled into the sea.
Neighboring Alameda County reported that 500 barrels of oil has been spilled into the ground.
The state is seeking up to $350 million in natural resources damages, along with pollution fines of as much as $25,000 for each day that oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, Bloomberg reports.
Shell said about 216 tonnes of oil, equal to 1,300 barrels, may have spilled into the sea so far.
gold mines is an environmental horror story: 264,000 gallons of cyanide waste spilled into rivers at Gold Quarry, Nevada in 1997; 11,000 fish died in Lynches River, South Carolina after a spill from the Brewer gold mine in 1992; seven tons of cyanide tailings spilled into Whitewood Creek, South Dakota in 1998.
On January 30, an estimated 100,000 cubic meters of polluted mud and wastewater escaped from a break in the dam of the Baia Mare gold mine in Northwest Romania, and spilled into the adjacent Lapus River.