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come to a head

To reach a point of intensity at which action must be taken. The issues that you're trying to ignore in your relationship will come to a head eventually, so you might as well deal with them now. Tensions in our community came to a head following the mayor's insensitive comments.
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come to a head

Fig. [for a problem] to reach a critical or crucial stage. At the end of the week, everything came to a head and Sam was fired.
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come to a head

COMMON If a problem or disagreement comes to a head, it becomes so bad that you have to take action to deal with it. Matters came to a head on Monday when he threatened to resign. These problems came to a head in September when five of the station's journalists were sacked. Note: You can also say that a particular event or fact brings a problem or disagreement to a head. The crisis is believed to have been brought to a head by demands from the bank. Note: This expression may refer to farmers waiting for cabbage leaves to grow together and form a head. Alternatively, the reference may be to a boil (= painful lump on the skin) forming a head (= white part in the middle) just before it bursts.
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