come to the boil

1) if a liquid comes to the boil, it starts to boil

She waited for the water to come to the boil.

2) if a situation or feeling comes to the boil, it starts to become more serious or dangerous

Political tensions are once again coming to the boil.


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  • come to the boil — 1. To reach boiling point 2. To reach a critical state • • • Main Entry: ↑boil …   Useful english dictionary

  • To come to the scratch — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To come up the capstan — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To come up the tackle fall — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boil — boil1 S3 [bɔıl] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: boillir, from Latin bullire, from bulla bubble ] 1.) [I and T] when a liquid boils, or when you boil it, it becomes hot enough to turn into gas boil at ▪ The solution boiled at 57.4°C. ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • boil — I UK [bɔɪl] / US verb Word forms boil : present tense I/you/we/they boil he/she/it boils present participle boiling past tense boiled past participle boiled * 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] if a liquid boils, or if you boil it, it becomes so hot …   English dictionary

  • boil*/ — [bɔɪl] verb I 1) [I/T] if a liquid boils, or if you boil it, it becomes so hot that BUBBLES rise to the surface When the water boils, add the rice.[/ex] 2) [I/T] to cook something in boiling water, or to be cooked in this way How long does it… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • boil — boil1 [boil] vi. [ME boilen < OFr boillir < L bullire < bulla, a bubble, knob; prob. < IE * bu , var. of echoic base * beu , * bheu , to blow up, cause to swell] 1. to bubble up and vaporize over direct heat 2. to reach the vaporizing …   English World dictionary

  • Come — Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boil — I n. state of boiling 1) to bring to a boil (bring the milk to a boil) 2) to come to a boil (the water must first come to a boil) II v. 1) to boil gently; hard 2) (C) he boiled an egg for her; or: he boiled her an egg 3) (D; intr.) to boil with… …   Combinatory dictionary

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