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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

to reach a stage in a difficult situation when someone takes a strong action to deal with it The crisis came to a head when the teachers' union threatened to sue the city.
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come to a head

if a problem or a disagreement comes to a head, it becomes so bad that you have to start dealing with it Things hadn't been good between them for a while but it all came to a head last week when Phil failed to come home one night.
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