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come to a head

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcome to a headcome to a head (also bring something to a head) if a problem or difficult situation comes to a head, or something brings it to a head, it suddenly becomes worse and has to be dealt with quickly Things came to a head in the summer of 1997. head
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come to a headIt all came to a head a couple weekends back.Yet, even as this crisis came to a head, the bishops remained unrepentant.Matters finally came to a head about six weeks ago when my wife and I went out to dinner with another couple.Despite these embassy warnings matters seemed in danger of coming to a head early in 1951.That part of the debate should come to a head in December, when commissioners are scheduled to formally approve the projects.The situation came to a head when the workers went out on strike.They came to a head in 1562 at the Council of Trent, reconvened after a ten-year break.Frictions between the Truman administration and MacArthur on the conduct of the war came to a head in April 1951.It was a struggle which came to a head in the reign of Edward the Confessor, which began in 1042.
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