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spill1 / spil/ • v. (past spilled or spilt / spilt/ ) [tr.] cause or allow (liquid) to flow over the edge of its container, esp. unintentionally: you'll spill that coffee if you're not careful| fig. azaleas spilled cascades of flowers over the pathways. ∎  [intr.] (of liquid) flow over the edge of its container: some of the wine spilled onto the floor| fig. years of frustration spilled over into violence. ∎  [intr.] (of the contents of something) be emptied out onto a surface: passengers' baggage had spilled out of the hold. ∎  cause or allow (the contents of something) to be emptied out: injured cells tend to swell up and burst, spilling their contents. ∎  [intr.] (of a number of people) move out of somewhere quickly: students began to spill out of the building. ∎ inf. reveal (confidential information) to someone: he was reluctant to spill her address. ∎  cause (someone) to fall off a horse or bicycle: the horse was wrenched off course, spilling his rider. ∎  Sailing let (wind) out of a sail, typically by slackening the sheets. • n. 1. a quantity of liquid that has spilled or been spilled: a 25-ton oil spill wipe up spills immediately | fig. their shifting spill of lantern-light. ∎  an instance of a liquid spilling or being spilled: he was absolved from any blame for the oil spill. 2. a fall from a horse or bicycle: Granddad took a spill while riding the bay mare. PHRASES: spill the beans inf. reveal secret information unintentionally or indiscreetly. spill (someone's) blood kill or wound people. spill one's guts inf. reveal copious information to someone in an uninhibited way.DERIVATIVES: spill·er n. spill2 • n. a thin strip of wood or paper used for lighting a fire, candle, pipe, etc.

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spill1 pt., pp. spilt, spilled †put to death, destroy, waste OE.; shed (blood) XII; allow or cause (liquid) to fall or pour XIV (hence intr. XVII). OE. spillan = (M)LG., (M)Du. spillen, rel. to OE. spildan destroy = OS: spildian, OHG. spilden, ON. spilla (:- *spilpjan), of unkn. orig.
Hence spilth (-TH1) XVII.

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Spill

a small quantity of moneyJohnson, 1755; a small amount of spilt liquid.

Examples : spill of hearts blood, 1848; of money, 1707; of rain, 1888.

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spill2 splinter or slip of wood, etc. XIII; thin, slip of wood, etc. for lighting XIX. of uncert. orig
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spillbill, Brazil, brill, Camille, chill, cookchill, dill, distil (US distill), downhill, drill, Edgehill, Estoril, fill, freewill, frill, fulfil (US fulfill), Gill, goodwill, grill, grille, hill, ill, instil, kill, krill, mil, mill, nil, Phil, pill, quadrille, quill, rill, Seville, shill, shrill, sill, skill, spadille, spill, squill, still, stock-still, swill, thill, thrill, till, trill, twill, until, uphill, will •hwyl • bank bill • handbill • waxbill •playbill, waybill •cranesbill • sibyl • crossbill • sawbill •hornbill • storksbill • shoebill •spoonbill • duckbill • razorbill •gerbil • wind chill • Churchill • idyll •daffodil • back-fill • landfill • monofil •fibrefill (US fiberfill) • chlorophyll •bluegill

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