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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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Pierre Nouchi, head of the chamber of commerce, said: "It's reaching boiling point.
FUW milk and dairy committee chairman Dei Davies said: "The FUW has publicly warned time and time again that farmer anger was reaching boiling point as a result of low prices and low farm incomes in the dairy industry.
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WITH the Greek crisis reaching boiling point, the long grass inhabited by the Germans over war reparation is likely to come under increasing scrutiny.
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WORKERS are increasingly reaching boiling point at work, thanks to the bad behaviour of managers and colleagues who cheat, steal,exploit or are just ``incredibly loud''.
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Stress levels among supermarket and other store managers are reaching boiling point, with many complaining their health is suffering.