spill [1] VERB (past and past part. spilt or spilled) 1) flow or cause to flow over the edge of a container. 2) move or empty out from a place. 3) informal reveal (confidential information).
NOUN 1) an instance of a liquid spilling or the quantity spilt. 2) a fall from a horse or bicycle. 3) Austral. a vacating of posts in a cabinet or parliamentary party to allow reorganization after one important change of office.
spill the beans — Cf. ↑spill the beans
spill blood — Cf. ↑spill blood
DERIVATIVES spillage noun spiller noun.
ORIGIN Old English, «kill, waste, shed (blood)».
spill [2] NOUN a thin strip of wood or paper used for lighting a fire.
ORIGIN originally in the sense «sharp fragment of wood»: related to SPILE(Cf. ↑S).

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