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boiling point

noun uk   us  

boiling point noun (LIQUID)

[S or C] The boiling point of a liquid is the temperature at which it becomes a gas: The boiling point of water is 100°C.

boiling point noun (OUT OF CONTROL)

[S] the point when a situation is about to get out of control and become violent: The situation in the inner city was reaching/at boiling point, so the police were out in force. [S] the stage at which someone is about to become very angry
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