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spill over

1. Of a liquid, to spill by flowing out of a container or over some barrier. You're going to need a bigger pot, or else that soup will spill over. The floodwaters spilled over the levee.
2. To go beyond the borders or parameters of something and into something else, especially due to growing in size or scope. It's hard to contain violence to just one neighborhood, you know. It's only a matter of time until it spills over into our part of town too.
See also: over, spill
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

spill over

 
1. [for a container] to overflow. I hope your bucket of water doesn't spill over. The milk glass spilled over because it was filled too full.
2. [for the contents of a container] to overflow. The bucket is too full. I don't know why the water doesn't spill over. The milk spilled over because you overfilled the glass.
See also: over, spill
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The Afghan insurgency unfortunately spilled over into Pakistan and gave rise to Pakistan's home grown militancy that came out of its labyrinth and flourished with international terrorists who had entered Afghanistan to fight the Soviets.
FRUSTRATIONS spilled over on the second day of the Kandy Test as England suffered the double blow of losing quick wickets after struggling to finish off the Sri Lankan tail.