To keep something "bubbling under"

andersxman

Senior Member
Denmark/danish
In a song of hers Alanis Morissette's "kept her rage bubbling under for (someone)"

I assume it comes from cooking, but am not really sure what a chef does when he keeps something "bubbling under"
 
  • maxiogee

    Banned
    English
    Water which is almost boiling can be seen to produce tiny bubbles which break the surface - it is bubbling under the boiling point.

    The expression is used to refer to records which are just outside the "top 20", and other things which are "nearly" at a certain level.

    In this case her rage hasn't yet 'erupted' but is seething nonetheless.
     

    NealMc

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Hi

    Simmering is another good way to describe bubbling under.

    Anger / resentment can simmer until it explodes - (which isn't just cooking it's pressure cooking) or until the person cools down.

    Cheers
    Neal Mc
     
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