at the end of (one's) tether

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at the end of (one's) tether

Completely worn out, exasperated, or exhausted; having no more patience, endurance, or energy left. Joshua started throwing a tantrum this afternoon, and with all the other things I have to get done, I'm at the end of my tether! Daniel's been at the end of his tether for weeks now—he has seriously got to get a different job!
See also: end, of, tether

at the end of your tether

COMMON If you are at the end of your tether, you are very upset because you are no longer able to deal with a difficult situation. I had tried every solution I could think of: I was at the end of my tether.
See also: end, of, tether

at the end of your tether

having no patience, resources, or energy left to cope with something.
A North American variant of this expression is at the end of your rope , and in both cases the image is that of a grazing animal tethered on a rope that allows it a certain range in which to move but which at full stretch prohibits further movement.
See also: end, of, tether
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Lucy, mum to 10-year-old Dominic, is at the end of her tether with her wayward son's appalling language.
She was at the end of her tether when a family friend recommended the YorkTest.
POBOL Y CWM Ffion, below, can't cope with responsibility at the moment so when Gaynor informs her she'll be driving a minibus full of sixth formers to Cardiff, she's at the end of her tether.
LOOKS like Rosie Webster's at the end of her tether here.
Elsewhere on the estate in the third part of The Scheme, mum Libby is seen at the end of her tether with son James's drug use.
Today it remained a mystery whether the message is the real words of a woman left at the end of her tether, or whether it's a hoax.
Now Brenda, a cook supervisor for Coventry City Council, who lives in Thackwell Street, Stoke, is at the end of her tether.
Mrs P's solicitor, Zoe Taxman, from the Liverpool-based firm Gregory Abrams Davidson, said: "This mother told the court she was at the end of her tether.
The 33-year-old was at the end of her tether until she learned from a friend that a small dyslexia support group, operating from Carrs Lane Church Centre in Birmingham, ran a helpline which could put her mind at ease.
She was at the end of her tether when she noticed a feature on YorkTest in a magazine.
Louise Perry has become a self-confessed prisoner in her own home after a series of burglaries and incidents of anti-social behaviour left her at the end of her tether.
A source close to the presenter said last night: "Frances is at the end of her tether and has booted him out.
Only a mum at the end of her tether might understand.