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bring (something) to a head

To intensify a situation to the point that action must be taken. The issues that you're trying to ignore in your relationship will be brought to a head eventually, so you might as well deal with them now. The mayor's insensitive comments brought tensions in our community to a head.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bring something to a head

to cause something to come to the point when a decision has to be made or action taken. The latest disagreement between management and the union has brought matters to a head. There will be an all-out strike now. It's a relief that things have been brought to a head. The disputes have been going on for months.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bring to a head

Cause to reach a turning point or crisis. For example, Management's newest policy has brought matters to a head. The related phrase come to a head means "to reach a crisis," as in With the last break-in, the question of security came to a head. These phrases allude to the medical sense of head, the tip of an abscess that is about to burst. [Mid-1500s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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