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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I was at the end of my tether emotionally, physically and mentally.
Speaking after the 3-0 loss to Leicester City, Carver said: "I am not at the end of my tether, let me tell you that.
I was at the end of my tether, with everything we'd gone through.
I was at the end of my tether after juggling two jobs since my divorce," she told the court.
I really am at the end of my tether with him," said Bruce, who takes his side to Everton on Sunday.
I really am at the end of my tether with him," said Bruce, whose side are seventh in the English Premier League.
He added: "By saying I'm at the end of my tether last week was not a case of wanting to leave the tour.
Mrs Morrisey, 44, said: ``I am not one to scream and shout but I was at the end of my tether and I didn't know how much more I could take.
I've tried everything and really am at the end of my tether.
He's a good man and a good dad but I'm at the end of my tether.
I have tried everything and am at the end of my tether.
Even though I have done everything they have asked me to do, they still won't deliver my mail and I am at the end of my tether.
I'm at the end of my tether and the catalogue company is now demanding payment.
Wearing a skirt and matching jacket, she told a Leicester industrial tribunal: "By the time I reached the end of my employment I was at the end of my tether and felt I had been harassed, bullied and discriminated against.
Q I'M at the end of my tether - my husband won't let me sleep in the same bed as him.