come to a head

This page is about the idiom come to a head


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

a. he had to resign

b. he went on holiday

c. he didn't have to worry anymore

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Contributor: Matt Errey