on the boil

Definition of on the boil

1 British, informal :in a state of activity or development
  • The deal is still on the boil.
  • kept their romance on the boil
2 :on a hot burner/stove so that a liquid would boil
  • She put the kettle (of water) on the boil.

Word by Word Definitions

boil play
  1. : to come to the boiling point

  2. : to generate bubbles of vapor when heated

  3. : to cook in boiling water

  1. : a localized swelling and inflammation of the skin resulting from infection of a hair follicle and adjacent tissue, having a hard central core, and forming pus

  1. : the act or state of boiling

  2. : a swirling upheaval (as of water)

  3. : a boiled dish of seafood, vegetables, and seasonings


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