The men were boiling in from the field

The men were already boiling in from the field when he reached the yellow-domed room.

What does “boiling in from the field” mean in this sentence?


Laure’s answer has covered most of the key points, but has missed an important figurative use of the word boiling, which is how (I think) it is being used here.

While boiling is most often used to refer to temperature (boiling hot), or figuratively associated with an agitated, “hot” emotional state (boiling with some emotion, e.g. rage), it can also be used figuratively to describe movement similar to that of boiling water. This definition is roughly synonymous with words like roiling, churning, swirling, agitated, bubbling or seething when they are used to describe or define a movement. E.g. the sea boiled in the storm – which means that the sea was rough, not that it was 100C.

Therefore, the phrase boiling in from evokes an image of fiercely agitated, churning swirling motion when talking about the manner of the people coming in from the field. The people weren’t just coming in, they were pouring in, there were a lot of people.

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