One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Reach a crisis.‘the violence came to a head with the deaths of six youths’
reach a crisis, come to a climax, reach a critical point, reach a turning point, reach a crossroadsView synonyms
- ‘The situation came to a head in Liverpool in similar circumstances to the crisis which has now arisen in Glasgow - with money the central problem.’
- ‘That situation came to a head and reached a crisis point in August of that year.’
- ‘The club's financial crisis came to a head in February when it narrowly avoided going into administration.’
- ‘The fiscal demands of the military were added to a long-term inflation of currency that came to a head during the crisis.’
- ‘History suggests that crises need to come to a head before we start to make hard changes - try to imagine passing the New Deal in 1928.’
- ‘The extent of the funding crisis came to a head when school budgets finalised in March were not enough to cover rising costs in the new financial year.’
- ‘By late summer 1923 the crisis was coming to a head.’
- ‘This crisis may have come to a head with the collapse of the socialist camp but its origins lie in the emergence of a modern capitalist order capable of accommodating itself rapidly to changes in the forces of production.’
- ‘The intense violence came to a head at the weekend as hundreds of rioters pelted police with petrol bombs, blast bombs, rocks and bottles.’
- ‘This came to a head in 1979 when the violence really began in earnest.’
- 1.1 Suppurate; fester.‘abscesses should be allowed to come to a head’
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