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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Suzie grabs Leyla's handbag Grabbing Leyla's handbag, a load of jewellery spills out and Susie declares that Leyla stole it along with her fiance Clive.
Suzie grabs Leyla's Grabbing Leyla's handbag, a load of jewellery spills out and Susie declares that Leyla stole it along with her fiance Clive.
Gasoline, sometimes mixed with oil, also spills out of boats--especially those with two-stroke engines--during operation.
The wafer-board homes ring further and further around the city, their inhabitants forever dependent on freon and petroleum while precious water spills out to make the squares surrounding their giant silver cars nice and green--grass most of them will never even touch with their hands.
The behavior we have toward one another in the black community spills out into the mainstream world.