come to the boil

come to the boil

1. To become very angry. Primarily heard in UK. Watch what you say to him—he tends to come to the boil over criticism of his novel.
2. To reach a crucial point. Primarily heard in UK. Tensions between them came to the boil when one found out that the other had been lying. Your problems with Mary will definitely come to the boil if she finds out you're dating her ex!
See also: boil, come

come to the boil

BRITISH or

come to a boil

AMERICAN
If a situation or feeling comes to the boil or comes to a boil, it becomes very strong or active. Their anger came to the boil last week when they officially protested at what they saw as a media campaign against them. The issue has come to a boil because the government has threatened to seize their money. Note: Someone or something can also bring a situation or feeling to the boil. The opposition is sure to bring the dispute back to the boil in any election campaign.
See also: boil, come