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spilling

[′spil·iŋ]
(oceanography)
The process by which steep waves break on approaching the shore; white water appears on the crest and the wave top gradually rolls over, without a crash.
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Please forgive me for everything," said Brown in his most sympathetic tone, "including spilling the wine.
As much as I enjoy a fight, I cannot always indulge myself, and just now I had more weighty matters to occupy my time than spilling the blood of strange warriors.
Harris laughed outright as he raised his glass; the hot young squire had him by the collar, and the wine was spilling on the cloth, as I rose very cautiously and crept back to the path.
It's no good crying over spilt milk, because all the forces of the universe were bent on spilling it.
Silence fell upon one, and then upon another, until they were all silent, their minds spilling out into the deep blue air.
As he did it he avoided glancing at the sleeper, but not lest pity should unnerve him; merely to avoid spilling.
At the same time, the pail went into the air, spilling the paper water, while the paper pump bent nearly double.
Often, too, he would unexpectedly pop his head into the schoolroom while the young people were at meals, and find them spilling their milk over the table and themselves, plunging their fingers into their own or each other's mugs, or quarrelling over their victuals like a set of tiger's cubs.
It was this very carefulness which attracted the black's attention to the thing, arousing a natural curiosity in the warrior's mind, and so it chanced that when the Belgian, in the nervousness of overcaution, fumbled the hidden article and dropped it, Mugambi saw it as it fell upon the ground, spilling a portion of its contents on the sward.
Between him and the altar was the long row of priests and priestesses, awaiting with their golden cups the spilling of the warm blood of their victim.