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    over - shared meaning

    1) glaze over
    2) bubble over with

    Could you tell me what the 'overs' above represent?
    Do they share the same meaning?
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    Re: over - shared meaning

    You can't pin down a preposition like this in idiomatic expressions. When eyes (the most common perpetrator) 'glaze over' nothing covers them (as when 'her hair flopped down over her eyes'; it just becomes obvious that the owner of the eyes is thinking about something else.

    'Bubbling over' can refer to a liquid coming to the boil and spilling over the top of the pan, but it can also be used metaphorically about high spirits or excitement. In both of these cases I suppose you could argue that the 'over' means 'beyond the scope of the container under normal conditions' ['normal conditions being, in the case of the pan, no heat; and in the case of the person, no emotional disturbance] - which is unlike the 'over' in glazed over - but I think that sort of argument is dry and lacks insight. What means something is the phrase, and the phrase only means what it means when it is given a context (in the broadest meaning of context - not just surrounding words but surrounding things and situations).

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    Re: over - shared meaning

    I'm not a teacher.

    Ni panicmonger,

    1. glaze over = become dull and lifeless

    His eyes glazed over and he fell to the floor.

    he became glazed = everything swam before his eyes = his eyes swim

    2. bubble over = babble, ripple

    “Babbling brook” is a small brook bubbling over rocks down the mountainside.

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    bubble over - overflow with a certain feeling; "The children bubbled over with joy"; "My boss was bubbling over with anger"

    bubble over - definition of bubble over by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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