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spill1 (spɪl)
vb (when intr, usually foll by from, out of, etc) , spills, spilling, spilt, spilled
1.  to fall or cause to fall from or as from a container, esp unintentionally
2.  to disgorge (contents, occupants, etc) or (of contents, occupants, etc) to be disgorged: the car spilt its passengers onto the road; the crowd spilt out of the theatre
3.  to shed (blood)
4.  informal Also: spill the beans to disclose something confidential
5.  nautical to let (wind) escape from a sail or (of the wind) to escape from a sail
6.  informal a fall or tumble
7.  short for spillway
8.  a spilling of liquid, etc, or the amount spilt
9.  (Austral) the declaring of several political jobs vacant when one higher up becomes so: the Prime Minister's resignation could mean a Cabinet spill
[Old English spillan to destroy; related to spildan, Old High German spaltan to split; see spoil]

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1. an attacker who sheds or spills blood; "a great hunter and spiller of blood" [syn: shedder
2. a long fishing line with many shorter lines and hooks attached to it (usually suspended between buoys) [syn: trawl
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