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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The agents transform chemical spills into a solid or semi-solid state that can be easily removed often without added disposal costs.
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According to Alaska Sea Grant, oil spills into water place an enormous variety of animals and plants at severe risk from smothering and poisoning.