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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPILL

It simply must be done to preserve the equilibrium and avoid a spill.

Spill it all out, I say, an' make the world smell as sweet as honey.

But I think they'll a' gang daft, and spill bluid like wather!'

“Guess we could spill some of it, sergeant,” he declared meaningly.

One sharp curve in the track and that load will spill all over the place.

She snatched a spill from the mantel-piece and thrust it between the bars of the fire.

Hold on tight, boys; and, if we spill, spring clear for a soft place.

You always want to cut off somebody's head and spill no blood.

Had his hot Spanish blood kept the memory of the dagger that had tried to spill it?

He's still so shaken that he'd spill out anything—everything.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English spillan "destroy, kill," variant of spildan, from Proto-Germanic *spelthijanan (cf. Old High German spildan "to spill," Old Saxon spildian, Old Norse spilla "to destroy," Middle Dutch spillen "to waste"), from PIE *spel- "to split, break off" (cf. Middle Dutch spalden, Old High German spaltan "to split;" for further cognates, see spoil). Related: Spilled; spilling.

Sense of "let (liquid) fall or run out" developed mid-14c. from use of the word in reference to shedding blood (early 12c.). Intransitive sense is from 1650s. Spill the beans recorded by 1910 in a sense of "spoil the situation;" to cry for spilt milk (usually with negative) is attested from 1738.

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