reach (a) boiling point

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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.
See also: boiling, point, reach

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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Vladimir started, for in his veins the lust of passion had welled until it had reached boiling point.
But the action finally reached boiling point when Gutwald got into an altercation with Linden Springer.
As crestfallen Mark Noble sifted through the wreckage of mob rule - which included the Hammers captain grappling with an intruder on the pitch - he admitted the fans had reached boiling point.
Ollie, who now supports veterans with mental health problems through the charity Save Our Soldier, added: "I had reached boiling point.
Dr Mirza, who was a main leader of the anti-PPP Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), said that anger and frustration among people of Sindh had reached boiling point and political change was imminent.
Fans' frustrations with the owners have reached boiling point after two relegations, one administration and two points deductions under Sisu's tenure.
Australian anger reached boiling point after Owens ruled out a Henry Speight try on the guidance of his TMO, deciding New Zealand defender Julian Savea had been obstructed from making a tackle.
The meeting came after Welsh farmers cleared supermarket shelves of New Zealand lamb and cheap milk in accelerating direct action as their anger over unfair prices reached boiling point.
2 and his former manager has reached boiling point after Ferguson blasted Keane in his autobiography.
THE battle for the last league championship in the Durham Coast League's history has reached boiling point, and with just a handful of games to go, Dawdon have been installed as favourites by many after reducing Murton's once hefty lead to just a single point.
Tension in the cotton industry over the prices for seed cotton has reached boiling point with farmers expressing growing concern at being paid the minimum price of US$0,85 per kilogramme and doubting the promise by merchants to pay them top ups when the crop is graded.
Fincher's life was in a real mess at this time, perhaps without even knowing it he had reached boiling point and when Gabi did what she did that night he flipped and lost control.
Their interventions came as the Cabinet prepared to meet for the first time since tensions between the Tories and Lib Dems over the AV referendum reached boiling point.
Other customers have decided to close their accounts and transfer their money to other banks as anger reached boiling point.
rang out, the temperature in the hall reached boiling point.