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- (intransitive, literally) To appear suddenly from within something else.
2001, Matthew Reilly, Temple:
- Shouts and screams burst out from the television's speakers
2008, Tom Wolfe, Bonfire of the Vanities:
- They began scurrying to the sides, to make way for the rogue galaxy of bodies that had just burst out of the courtroom
- (intransitive) To display sudden powerful emotion.
1993, Leslie Feinberg, Stone butch blues:
- My parents exchanged amused glances and burst out laughing.
- (intransitive) to speak emotionally or suddenly
2007, Paul Laurence Dunbar, The Sport of the Gods:
- As soon as the woman's back was turned, Joe burst out, "There, there! see what you've done with your damned foolishness."
- (appear suddenly): Usually burst + out of, though burst out + from is possible.
- (emotional display): particularly used as burst out laughing or burst out crying, or with another present participle. Consider also burst into laughter, burst into tears.