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tipping point

noun [S]    
a time during an activity or process when an important decision has to be made or when a situation changes completely : a tipping point in sth Many developed countries are getting close to a tipping point in their attitude to the environment .be at a tipping point Employers could find themselves at a tipping point , where so few employees participate in their health-care plans it threatens their ability to obtain group coverage .reach/approach/near a tipping point Employee anger over pay violations in the restaurant industry may have reached a tipping point .
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