spill out (of something)

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spill out (of something)

1. Of a liquid, granular substance, or collection of items, to slosh, scatter, or flow out of some container. You need to walk more carefully, or the drinks are going to spill out of those cups. The man knocked my shopping cart over, and all my groceries spilled out.
2. To cause some liquid, granular substance, or collection of items to slosh, scatter, or flow out of some container. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "spill" and "out." I accidentally spilled water out of the dehumidifier when I went to change its filter. The toddler started grabbing at the bag and ended up spilling out a bunch of pasta.
See also: out, spill

spill out (of something)

to scatter, flow, or drop out of something. All the rice spilled out of the box onto the floor. The rice spilled out on the floor.
See also: out, spill
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Barometers should always be stored upright, to prevent the mercury from spilling out.
The state programs are so successful, in fact, that many of the birds are spilling out of their presumed natural habitats onto runways, backyards, city streets and farmlands from northern California to Rhode Island.
The superintendent was not aware of this occurrence because the water loss was spilling out underground and nobody could see it.