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aboil

[uh-boil] /əˈbɔɪl/
adverb, adjective
1.
boiling:
Make the tea as soon as the water is aboil.
2.
in a state of excited activity:
The street was aboil with Saturday shoppers.
Origin of aboil
1855-1860
1855-60; a-1 + boil1
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  • Arrived at the creek, they found the shallow sand bar between its mouth and the sea all aboil with confusion.

    The Bungalow Boys Along the Yukon Dexter J. Forrester

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