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1‘boil the potatoes in salted water’
bring to the boil, simmer, heat
2‘the stew is boiling’
simmer, bubble, seethe, heat, cook, stew
3‘a huge cliff with the sea boiling below’
be turbulent, be agitated, froth, foam, churn, seethe, bubble, fizz, effervesce
4‘inwardly, she boiled at his lack of consideration’
be angry, be furious, be indignant, rage, fume, seethe, smoulder
lose one's temper, lose control, rant, rave, storm, fulminate, bluster, explode, flare up, go berserk, throw a tantrum
informal blow one's top, fly off the handle, go off the deep end, hit the roof, go up the wall, blow a fuse, see red, get worked up, get steamed up
British informal spit feathers
1‘add the stock and bring it to the boil’
boiling point, 100 degrees Celsius, 100 degrees centigrade
1‘a girl with a boil on her nose’
swelling, spot, pimple, blister, pustule, eruption, blemish, carbuncle, wen, cyst, abscess, tumour, ulcer, chilblain, gumboil
‘continuing to boil down the syrup produces maple sugar crystals’
condense, concentrate, reduce, distil, thicken, compress
‘it all boils down to a personality clash’
come down to, amount to, be in essence, comprise, add up to
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