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the patience of Job

An immense and unyielding degree of patience and conviction, especially in the face of problems or difficulty. A reference to the biblical figure Job, whose absolute faith in God remained unshaken despite the numerous afflictions set upon himself, his family, and his estate by Satan. This field of work requires the patience of Job, so if you're looking for immediate results, you're in the wrong profession. My sister is amazing. She has five unruly children, but she has the patience of Job with every single one of them.
See also: job, of, patience

enough to plague a saint

So trying or frustrating as to bother even the most patient person. The annoying action can be stated between "enough" and "to." Being with screaming kids all day is enough to plague a saint. The kids have really let loose today with enough shrieking to plague a saint.
See also: enough, plague, saint

the patience of a saint

An immense and unyielding degree of patience and conviction, especially in the face of problems or difficulty. This field of work requires the patience of a saint, so if you're looking for immediate results, you're in the wrong profession. My sister is amazing. She has five unruly children, but she has the patience of a saint with every single one of them.
See also: of, patience, saint

enough something to plague a saint

 and something is enough to plague a saint
Rur. enough of something to annoy even a patient person. That little boy has enough curiosity to plague a saint! Sally's a well-meaning woman, but her endless gossiping is enough to plague a saint.
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have the patience of a saint

 and have the patience of Job
Fig. to have a great deal of patience. Steve has the patience of Job given the way his wife nags him. Dear Martha has the patience of a saint; she raised six children by herself.
See also: have, of, patience, saint