BOILING POINT, BOMB, and BONE OF CONTENTION: American English Idioms #23

Welcome to American English Idioms: Lesson 23. In this lesson you have 3 American English idioms to read, listen to, translate, and pronounce in English. Please focus and do your best so that you can learn and improve your knowledge of American English idioms. Don’t forget to use the comments section below to share your thoughts and what you’ve learned today.

Directions 1: Watch the video 2 or more times, and pay close attention to the audio and text.

Directions 2: Read the following text in English, then translate it using the translator on this page into your language if needed. When you finish, feel free to write a comment in the comments section below and let us know how you feel about what you’ve learned, as well as what you’ve learned.


The boiling point is the point at which one loses one’s temper. This is derived from its reference to a physical change in a liquid, which can be observed when a liquid boils and bubbles rapidly. When a liquid boils, the molecules in the liquid are so excited that they have exceeded their normal kinetic energy levels and have overcome any forces of attraction between them. Therefore, they move faster and collide more often with the inside of the container.

The boiling point is the point at which one loses one’s temper. When patience runs out and anger grows, it leads to a mental state of agitation that leaves one with no control over their actions. This type of anger usually leads to confrontations or violence because there is nothing left but to act on the intense emotions that are present.

The boiling point is the point at which one loses one’s temper. For example, when watching a football game and your favorite team’s fortune changes from good to bad, the boiling point might be reached. This is when one will have a strong emotional response or outburst of anger.

The boiling point is the point at which one loses one’s temper, often with others. It is usually caused by being in an emotionally stressful situation for a long period of time. For example, if you have been sitting in a car for hours without any movement from the driver, your boiling point will come sooner that if you were just sitting there waiting for someone to come out of a restaurant that you are inside.

The boiling point is the point at which one loses one’s temper. This can be seen as a metaphor for when people are pushed to their limits and cannot take it any longer. Though there is not a specific boiling point for each individual, there are studies that say that most people lose their temper after being put through four stressful events. Research from the University of California found that if stress accumulates, individual boil points will rise due to a lack of control or coping skills.


A “bomb” refers to a failure in one’s work or effort. This is often the case in terms of grades in school. If your paper, quiz, test, etc., has bombed, it means it has failed completely and you weren’t successful.

The term “bomb” is used to signify a failure. The word was originally used by stage magicians to refer to a trick that fails to produce the expected results.

The term “bomb” implies that a project, process, or activity has failed completely. The term originates from the US military’s use of the term “bombs” to describe aircraft dropping conventional explosives, and was transferred metaphorically to a project that did not meet expectations. For example, a bomb might be used to refer to a project that failed spectacularly.

The word “bomb” refers to a failure. In business, a bomb can happen when a company’s share price falls sharply and their stock value plummets. There may be many reasons for this failure. For example, if the company fails to meet their projections or expectations, it is possible that they will not have any more funding to support the project at hand. When this happens, their market value drops dramatically, causing them to fail.

The acronym BOMB stands for ‘to fail’ and can refer to a wide range of potential outcomes. In this context, the term is defined as “to bomb” which means to fail completely. The origin of this definition derives from the phrase “bombed out”, meaning that something was accomplished poorly or unsuccessfully.


The word “bone of contention” in the archaic sense means an issue of dispute or dissension. The phrase can be translated in more modern language to something that is a source of conflict. For example, there are many “bones of contention” between the two parties in the upcoming presidential election.

In a meeting, a bone of contention is an issue that remains unresolved by the end of the meeting. In other words, the opposing parties are still in debate about it.

A bone of contention is any issue on which there is disagreement.
The term originates from the medieval practice of settling legal disputes by means of duels to the death on certain agreed-upon issues, called “hue and cry” (a common euphemism for duel) or “point of law” (for example, on whether a property was held in fee simple or fee tail), with the presumption that God would decide who was in the right.

An issue of contention refers to a point of disagreement among people who disagree on how to address the issue.
A bone of contention is a disputed point in a contract, which can cause problems down the line.

A bone of contention is an issue that is disputed. It can be an item, a concept, or even a person.
After the last presidential election, there was disagreement on both sides of the aisle about who should have won. Those who voted for the other candidate were very vocal about their opinions and they may have also had differing views about how to proceed after policy decisions.

3 thoughts on “BOILING POINT, BOMB, and BONE OF CONTENTION: American English Idioms #23

    1. It’s incredible how an idiom can change the meaning of a message.
      The referee of match’s showed a red card players, the situation pushed them to the boiling point.
      They were bombed with the purchase of the new house, due to high interest.
      Russia’s invasion to Ukraine has been a bone of contention between different communities.
      Best Regards

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