reach boiling point

reach (a) boiling point

1. To reach a 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 reached a boiling point with the kids last night. All their fighting and shouting drove me crazy!
2. To reach the point at which a situation becomes critical, calamitous, or uncontrollable. Tensions in the region have reached boiling point—full-scale war seems inevitable now.
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reach boiling point

COMMON
1. If an emotion, especially anger, reaches boiling point, it becomes so strong that it cannot be controlled. Her frustration and anger had reached boiling point. Note: You can also say that an emotion is close to boiling point. Tempers were already close to boiling point as the dispute continued for the ninth day.
2. If a situation reaches boiling point, it becomes very dangerous or extreme and cannot be controlled. The situation reached boiling point after an argument between two teenagers, one white, one Asian, outside a fish and chip shop.
See also: boiling, point, reach
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Tensions seemed to reach boiling point on Monday night when Mr McLoughlin complained that Mr Bercow appeared to be coaching Labour MPs to register their objections to a three-hour time limit on the debate ahead of Thursday's tuition fees vote.
HEAVYWEIGHT owners' chief Paul Dixon yesterday called for all-out strikes as racing's war with the bookmakers threatens to reach boiling point.
Sydney, Oct 27(ANI): Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has predicted that tensions between the his team and the visiting England team will reach boiling point during next month's Ashes series.
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But perhaps it also highlights another national characteristic - a tendency to repress our emotions until they reach boiling point.
Beth discovers her father is dead and brings his ashes to Cheshire, and as bankruptcy looms, tensions reach boiling point at the funeral.
An overheated transport network set to reach boiling point and expanding port facilities in a south-east bottleneck.
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Heavy traffic, countless traffic lights and you can easily reach boiling point trying to find a parking space.
And Eagles boss Iain Dowie does not want the bad blood between the pair to reach boiling point again at St Andrews on Saturday, when he expects the Blues midfielder to seek revenge.
The Premier race is now hotting up and will reach boiling point next month when the Old Firm meet in a crucial double-header in the space of 11 days.
Later, as temperatures reach boiling point, she slows things down with Oasis's Wonderwall.