1. ergative phrasal verb & phrasal verb If someone bursts out laughing, crying, or making another noise, they suddenly start making that noise. You can also say that a noise bursts out. [V P v-ing] ⇒ The class burst out laughing. [V P] ⇒ Then the applause burst out. [V P + into/in] ⇒ Everyone burst out into conversation. 2. phrasal verb
If someone bursts out something, they say it suddenly and loudly. [written] [V P with quote] ⇒ 'I want to be just like you', she bursts out.
3. phrasal verb → burst If a situation or problem bursts out, it suddenly appears. break out [V P prep/adv] ⇒ Malaria is bursting out again all over the world. [V P] ⇒ Then war burst out.
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