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come to a head

Meaning: You can say a situation or a problem comes to a head if it reaches a crisis point and dealing with it can no longer be avoided.

For example:

  • The conflict between the company and the workers came to a head at the annual general meeting when some of the workers protested about their conditions and wages.

  • Phil and Sue hadn't been getting on well, and things came to head when Phil forgot to pick Sue up from work. They had a huge argument and now Sue's gone to stay with her mother.

Quick Quiz:

After months of struggling to keep his job, the prime minister's problems came to a head and
  1. he had to resign
  2. he went on holiday
  3. he didn't have to worry anymore

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