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Sense: 1,3
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: BOIL1
Sense: 2
Origin: Old English byl

boil

2 noun
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
boil2
1

the boil

British English a boil American EnglishDFC the act or state of boiling:
Add the seasoning and bring the sauce to the boil.
She waited for the water to come to the boil (=begin to boil).
2 [countable]MI a painful infected swelling under someone's skin:
The boy's body is covered in boils.
3

go off the boil

British English to become less good at something that you are usually very good at:
He's gone off the boil after a tournament win in Dubai.

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