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bean  


      n  
1    any of various papilionaceous plants of the widely cultivated genus Phaseolus producing edible seeds in pods  
   See       French bean       lima bean       scarlet runner       string bean  
2    any of several other papilionaceous plants that bear edible pods or seeds, such as the broad bean and soya bean  
3    any of various other plants whose seeds are produced in pods or podlike fruits  
4    the seed or pod of any of these plants  
5    any of various beanlike seeds, such as coffee  
6      (U.S. and Canadian)  
slang      another word for       head  
7    not have a bean  
Slang   to be without money  
I haven't got a bean     
8    full of beans  
Informal  
a    full of energy and vitality  
b      (U.S.)   mistaken; erroneous  
9    spill the beans         
Informal   to disclose something confidential  
      vb  
10      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)  
slang   tr   to hit (a person) on the head  
     (Old English bean; related to Old Norse baun, Old Frisian bane, Old High German bona bean)  
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spill   [1]  
      vb   , spills, spilling, spilt, spilled   mainly tr  
1    when intr, usually foll by: from, out of, etc.   to fall or cause to fall from or as from a container, esp. unintentionally  
2    to disgorge (contents, occupants, etc.) or (of contents, occupants, etc.) to be disgorged  
the car spilt its passengers onto the road, the crowd spilt out of the theatre     
3    to shed (blood)  
4      (Also)    spill the beans         
Informal   to disclose something confidential  
5      (Nautical)   to let (wind) escape from a sail or (of the wind) to escape from a sail  
      n  
6    Informal   a fall or tumble  
7       short for       spillway  
8    a spilling of liquid, etc., or the amount spilt  
9      (Austral)   the declaring of several political jobs vacant when one higher up becomes so  
the Prime Minister's resignation could mean a Cabinet spill     
     (Old English spillan to destroy; related to spildan, Old High German spaltan to split; see spoil)  
  spiller      n  

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spill   [1]  
      vb   , spills, spilling, spilt, spilled   mainly tr  
1    when intr, usually foll by: from, out of, etc.   to fall or cause to fall from or as from a container, esp. unintentionally  
2    to disgorge (contents, occupants, etc.) or (of contents, occupants, etc.) to be disgorged  
the car spilt its passengers onto the road, the crowd spilt out of the theatre     
3    to shed (blood)  
4      (Also)    spill the beans  
Informal   to disclose something confidential  
5      (Nautical)   to let (wind) escape from a sail or (of the wind) to escape from a sail  
      n  
6    Informal   a fall or tumble  
7       short for       spillway  
8    a spilling of liquid, etc., or the amount spilt  
9      (Austral)   the declaring of several political jobs vacant when one higher up becomes so  
the Prime Minister's resignation could mean a Cabinet spill     
     (Old English spillan to destroy; related to spildan, Old High German spaltan to split; see spoil)  
  spiller      n  

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spill  


      vb  
1    discharge, disgorge, overflow, overturn, scatter, shed, slop over, spill or run over, teem, throw off, upset  
2    spill the beans        (informal)   betray a secret, blab, blow the gaff     (Brit. slang)   give the game away, grass     (Brit. slang)   inform, let the cat out of the bag, shop     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   sing     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   spill one's guts     (slang)   split     (slang)   squeal     (slang)   talk out of turn, tattle, tell all  
      n  
3      (informal)   accident, cropper     (informal)   fall, tumble  

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