boil over

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I need the opinion of a native speaker. Can this verb "boil over" have also the meaning of something left too long on the fire (while cooking)? Is there a verb with this latter meaning?

  • DocPenfro

    Senior Member
    English - British
    "Boil over" means: to be left on too high a flame, so that the contents of the pan (especially milk) bubble up and run over the sides. This is not really the same as leaving it on the heat for too long a time, since the result of this is usually incineration. In the latter case, we would just say that dinner had been burnt.
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