bubble (over) with something

Ume

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Japanese
Hello.

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[ Oxford Dictionary ]
bubble (over) with something
to be full of a particular feeling: She was bubbling over with excitement.
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This phrase is what I learned today.
It's quite commonly used in speech, isn't it?
Do you usually leave out the word "over"?
 
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    I hear it at times. It is generally applied to women and children and less frequently applied to men.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    I am guessing that "bubble over" is a metaphor for cooking and that the contents of the pot are first brought to a boil and then it starts to overflow ("bubble over") the pot's rim.
     
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