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boiling point

1. One's limit in patience, temper, or equanimity, after which one loses control of one's emotions. Likened to the temperature at which a given liquid boils. I was at my boiling point with the kids last night. All their fighting and shouting drove me crazy!
2. The point at which a situation becomes critical, calamitous, or uncontrollable. Tensions in the region are at their boiling point—full-scale war seems inevitable now.
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boiling point

A climax or crisis; a high degree of fury, excitement, or outrage. For example, The union's disgust with management has reached the boiling point. This metaphoric term alludes to the temperature at which water boils. [Second half of 1700s]
2. have a low boiling point. Become angry quite readily, as in Don't tease her anymore-she has a low boiling point. This phrase means that it takes less heat than usual for a boiling point to be reached. [First half of 1800s] Also see boil over; make one's blood boil.
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A few scattered quotations from Boiling Point will convey the overall gestalt: "Much of the great American middle class was losing ground--and knew it"; "Downward mobility was everywhere"; and, "in less than a generation, the average American went from being a political icon to being a fiscal milch cow.
THE Second Division promotion race reaches boiling point this afternoon - but Millwall boss Mark McGhee couldn't care less.
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Now, after years of simmering questions, Teflon's safety has come to a boiling point.
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By then the match had already hit boiling point with Rejer sending off two key U's men.
In their worst form, these oxides have picked up chemically combined water, which cannot be driven off with a mere preheat above the boiling point of water.
With its low boiling point of 60 F, HCFC-245fa is viewed as a good option for refrigerators and freezers where its slight frothing effect is advantageous.
The drop in pressure lowers the water's boiling point from 100 [degrees] C (212 [degrees] F) to about 27 [degrees] C (80 [degrees] F).
The hot springs, with surface temperatures near the boiling point, are believed to overlie a large geothermal reservoir with water temperatures suitable for a binary power plant.
Those issues reached a boiling point when the Crusaders lost to L.
The collective action of these subtle intermolecular interactions contributes to countless properties, including a liquid's boiling point and a polymer's strength.
Kidderminster then hit boiling point as they saw two strong penalty appeals waved away by the referee.
Harrelson is at his charismatic best and Crudup is nicely restrained as the friendship between the men reaches boiling point in the New Mexico town of Hi-Lo.
Results to date also indicate that the intermediate boiling point of HCF-245fa Cower than a traditional CFC but higher than gaseous blowing agents) results in foams that have the excellent uniformity and physical properties of traditional poured foams, but also have the isotopic cell structure and excellent flow characteristics associated with froth foams.