Come-to-a-head meaning

(idiomatic) To rapidly come to a turning point.

The escalating crisis between England and her American colonies came to a head when fighting broke out in 1775.

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(idiomatic) To suddenly reveal that which has lain latent for a time.

His festering anger came to a head after the incident.

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(idiomatic) To suddenly make mature or perfected that which was inchoate or imperfectly formed.
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(medicine, of an abscess) To reach its final stage.
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