Meaning of “come to a head” in the English Dictionary

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"come to a head" in British English

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come to a head

also bring sth to a head

If something comes to a head or someone brings something to a head, a situation reaches a point where something must be done about it:

Things hadn't been good between us for a while and this incident just brought it to a head.

(Definition of “come to a head” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"come to a head" in American English

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come to a head

reach a point where some strong action has to be taken:

The situation finally came to a head when she failed to show up at school.

(Definition of “come to a head” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)