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Gather to a head

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Gather to a head to ripen: to come into a state of preparation for action or effect
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is easier to gather up a bag of loose feathers than to round up or head off a single lie.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gaderian, gæderian, (tó)gædere, together; cf. geador, together, gǽd, company.

Usage

In literature:

Wars like tempests gather and grow to a head from time to time, and again they are dispelled.
"Hellenica" by Xenophon
A crowd had gathered around Yakov Tarasovitch Mayakin, and listened to his quiet speech with anger, and nodded their heads affirmatively.
"Foma Gordyeff" by Maxim Gorky
Some wore their straight black hair flowing loose to the waist; others gathered it in a knot at the crown of the head.
"Pioneers Of France In The New World" by Francis Parkman, Jr.
Do you know what it costs to become head-man and chief tax-gatherer of a town of five-thousand, Odin?
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
A ship is said to gather head-way when she passes any object thrown overboard at the bow, and it passes astern into her wake.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Disturbing elements had been gathering for days in Wall Street, which to a few wise old heads seemed ominous.
"The Boy Broker" by Frank A. Munsey
The gathering storm soon burst over the devoted heads of those, who had neglected to seek a shelter from its wrath.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
This gathered together, brought to a head, the resentment accumulating through a number of incidents.
"Fidelity" by Susan Glaspell
Uncovering his head, the peddler hesitated a moment to gather energy, and spoke.
"The Spy" by J. Fenimore Cooper
The writer gathers these threads to a head in chap.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
Yet Anne's ascendancy was visibly drawing to an end, and clouds of a darker character were gathering over her head.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
Within this rocky girdle, long held as it was by the iron soldiery of Castile, it was impossible that rebellion should again gather to a head.
"History of The Reign of Philip The Second King of Spain" by William H. Prescott
Now, then, you are to gather all the bands of Jacques into a body and proceed to Clermont at the head of eight thousand men.
"The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion" by Eugène Sue
A group of Silverton Hall girls, headed by Portia Graham and Robin Page, gathered to offer their warm congratulations.
"Marjorie Dean College Freshman" by Pauline Lester
They say insanity don't spring to a head at once, but gathers strength through successive generations.
"A Hero of Romance" by Richard Marsh
A weight seemed to rest on her chest, hopeless misery was gathered about her head.
"The Black Moth" by Georgette Heyer
Gathering the line in a coil and swinging it a few times around his head, an old hand will cast it to an incredible distance.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
After marriage the hair is allowed to hang down the back, or is gathered in a small knot at the back of the head.
"Descriptive Catalogue of Photographs of North American Indians" by W. H. Jackson
After washing ourselves a few of us gathered on deck near the head of the companionway to get a breath of fresh air before coffee was served.
"The Gold Diggings of Cape Horn" by John R. Spears
This materialistic philosophy gathers to a head the unbelief of the century.
"The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians" by G. G. Findlay
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In poetry:

The lips of time leech to the fountain head;
Love drips and gathers, but the fallen blood
Shall calm her sores.
And I am dumb to tell a weather's wind
How time has ticked a heaven round the stars.
"The Force That Through The Green Fuse Drives The Flower" by Dylan Thomas
But when her old father missed her through the village he ran,
And roused the villagers to a man;
And a great number of them gathered, and Wat Tyler at their head,
And all armed to the teeth, and towards the wood they quickly sped.
"Grif, of the Bloody Hand" by William Topaz McGonagall
And the clergy were gathered about the head of the grave,
And the attention of the spectators the Dean did crave;
Then he said, "Man that is born of woman hath a short time to live,
But, Oh, Heavenly Father! do thou our sins forgive."
"The Burial of Mr. Gladstone" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

After a delay of two weeks, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) land-use commission held a public hearing on plans to erect a meteorological data gathering tower on tribal land.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Steak 'n Shake, a gathering place on many a Midwest roadside, is heading to the Mideast.
Steak `n Shake, a gathering place on many a Midwest roadside, is heading to the Mideast.
To heal the infinite wellspring that is your subconscious, head to Pacific Nexus Gallery/Temple of Thelema's Tarot Study Group, a bimonthly gathering in Venice.
Dozens gathered Monday evening at a South Toledo church to put their heads together in an effort to save the former Libbey High School building from the wrecking ball.
One of the latest tidbits from Tiger Beat On The Potomac is that the Republican National Committee is going to convene a gathering of its wisest heads to try and determine what in the hell happened this year.
Later Thursday, EU heads of state and government will gather in Brussels for a summit devoted to building a closer financial and political union, meant to avoid future financial crises.
When Arker Kyaw heard President Barack Obama was coming to Myanmar, he gathered 15 cans of spray paint and headed for a blank brick wall under cover of darkness.
BOSTON — The majority of the Boston Town Board met for a work session to go over the 2013 budget on Monday, Oct 22, but those in attendance at the adjournment of the gathering said they agreed that the town is heading down the right track.
Head on down to Franklin Square on Monday for lunch as a swarm of the city's beloved mobile food vendors will be gathering for a winter party of sorts.
Gathering courage, I headed to Asylum 49 in Tooele for their first monthly A.P.I (Asylum Paranormal Investigators) Meetup this year on Thursday night.
We'd gather the kids from the neighborhood, and head over to a nearby field for an impromptu football game.
At The Brookfield Soccer Complex, in the same Milwaukee suburb, a veritable mob was gathering to eagerly have their heads shaved to fight cancer.
Hearing Guns N' Roses "Paradise City" as a clarion call, black sheep separate from their herds and head to a gathering of Harley riders.
Family and friends gathered Thursday at a church in Blue Ridge to remember 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, five days after Belcher killed her then shot himself in the head.
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