at (one's) wit's end

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at (one's) wit's end

In a state of distress that is reached when someone has no more patience. The baby's been crying for hours, and I'm at my wit's end! I'm already at my wit's end, so if this train gets delayed too, I'm going to scream.
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at one's wit's end

Fig. at the limits of one's mental resources. I'm at my wit's end with this problem. I cannot figure it out. Tom could do no more. He was at his wit's end.
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at one's wit's end

Also, at wits' end. Completely puzzled and perplexed, not knowing what to do. For example, I've tried every possible source without success, and now I'm at my wit's end. This idiom, which uses wit in the sense of "mental faculties," appeared in Piers Ploughman (c. 1377).
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at your wits' end

COMMON If you are at your wits' end, you are extremely worried about a serious problem that you have tried hard to solve but cannot. Josh became very difficult after his father's death: he was rebellious and rude, and refused to go to school. I was at my wits' end. We row all the time and I'm at my wit's end.
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at (one's) wits' end

At the limit of one's mental resources; utterly at a loss.
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The future for my nephew looks very bleak and he is now so detached from us all and from reality that we are all at our wits' end about what to do with him.
Our childrens' earliest school years were spent in a town without any Catholic alternative to the public system, and when we discovered that 'sex ed' in junior high meant our daughters would soon be fitting bananas with condoms for 'practice', we were at our wits' end.
The children's father, maternal grandparents and myself, the paternal grandmother, are at our wits' end.
We, who are suffering because of this horrendous noise pollution are at our wits' end fighting bureaucracy and must have relief.
We are at our wits' end trying to explain this is not going to happen," said Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) Meteorology Affairs assistant under-secretary Abdul Majeed Isa.