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.
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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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THE feud between Chesney and Daniel reaches boiling point, as the latter winds up his love rival by claiming he has footage of their altercation in the alleyway - and is planning to play it during the stag do.
Their father Max (Jake Wood) is at the centre of the action as his long-running revenge plot finally reaches boiling point.
Their Downton characters - art expert Simon Bricker and Lady Cora - have grown close over the past few weeks, and their flirting reaches boiling point in the latest episode.
But perhaps the most glorious part of Test cricket is that it asks someone like Monty Panesar to go out and perform a role for which he has not been selected, and at which he is famously hapless, just as the pressure reaches boiling point.
and focuses on their bitter feud as it reaches boiling point.
Now he can only hope Rangers are hit by a dose of the championship jitters as the title race reaches boiling point.
Judy Dench, left, is on fine form in this tense drama about a teacher whose obsession with a young colleague reaches boiling point when she discovers her new chum is having an affair with one of her students.
Owen played in a deeper role in the battle against Chelsea, but boss Shearer has admitted he could be pushed up in some of the remaining seven fixtures as the Magpies' season reaches boiling point.
Return the beef to the casserole, pour in the ale and stir occasionally until it reaches boiling point.
Martin's temper reaches boiling point as his daughter crashes another car, and Julie proposes they seek advice.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright insists manager David Moyes will not walk away from Goodison Park as Wayne Rooney's future and the club's cash and player crisis reaches boiling point.
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But the 32-year-old has finally shaken off a niggling calf injury and is desperate to play a part as the flag race reaches boiling point.
The tension between Nick and Leanne reaches boiling point, but he backs down, saying he'll accept that they're just good friends from now on, a move that leaves her gutted.
As the competition heats up, the pressure gets to Zoe when the challenges get harder and the need to impress the judges reaches boiling point.