on the boil

on the boil
British
if a situation or feeling is on the boil, it is very strong or a lot of people are talking about it

The media are trying to keep the issue on the boil.


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  • on the boil — 1. Boiling 2. Active • • • Main Entry: ↑boil * * * on the boil british phrase if a situation or feeling is on the boil, it is very strong or a lot of people are talking about it The media are trying to keep the issue on the boil. Thesaurus: words …   Useful english dictionary

  • off the boil — Brit informal : into a state that is less good than before After two hit singles, the band went off the boil. [=the band was not as successful] • • • Main Entry: ↑boil * * * off the ˈboil idiom (BrE) less good than before …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the boil — British if a situation or feeling is on the boil, it is very strong or active. The corruption scandal is being kept on the boil by a series of new revelations …   New idioms dictionary

  • come to the boil — 1) if a liquid comes to the boil, it starts to boil She waited for the water to come to the boil. 2) if a situation or feeling comes to the boil, it starts to become more serious or dangerous Political tensions are once again coming to the boil …   English dictionary

  • go off the boil — 1. To stop boiling, fall below boiling point 2. To subside from an active or critical state • • • Main Entry: ↑boil * * * go off the boil british phrase to become less successful than before The team suddenly went off the boil in the final match …   Useful english dictionary

  • go off the boil — 1. to become less successful. After winning their first two matches this season, the French team seem to have gone off the boil. 2. if a situation or feeling goes off the boil, it becomes less urgent or less strong. The housing issue has gone off …   New idioms dictionary

  • go off the boil — verb a) Cease to boil when heat is no longer applied. All puddings must be boiled in plenty of water, turned frequently, kept closely covered, and never allowed to go off the boil. b) To lose interest; to pall. That is the reason for the coin.… …   Wiktionary

  • bring something to the boil — phrase to heat something until it boils Add the wine, then bring the mixture back to the boil. Thesaurus: to change consistencyhyponym Main entry: boil …   Useful english dictionary

  • take something off the boil — british phrase to remove something from heat so that it stops boiling Take the pan off the boil and add the remaining ingredients. Thesaurus: to change consistencyhyponym Main entry: boil …   Useful english dictionary

  • come to the boil — 1. To reach boiling point 2. To reach a critical state • • • Main Entry: ↑boil …   Useful english dictionary

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