at the end of (one's) rope

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at the end of (one's) rope

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 rope! Daniel's been at the end of his rope for weeks now—he has seriously got to get a different job!
See also: end, of, rope

at the end of one's rope

 and at the end of one's tether
Fig. at the limits of one's endurance. I'm at the end of my rope! I just can't go on this way! These kids are driving me out of my mind. I'm at the end of my tether.
See also: end, of, rope

end of one's rope, at the

Also, at the end of one's tether. At the limits of one's resources, abilities, endurance, or patience. For example, If that loan doesn't come through, we'll be at the end of our rope, or The workmen are driving me crazy; I'm at the end of my tether. This expression alludes to a tied-up animal that can graze only as far as the rope (or tether) permits. [Late 1600s]
See also: end, of

at the end of (one's) rope

/tether
Out of energy or patience; exhausted or exasperated.
See also: end, of, rope
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Legally declared insane by his ministers, who were at the end of their ropes after enduring the king's expensive hobby of building castles (one of which inspired the trademark centerpiece of Disneyland), Ludwig was later found scraping the bottom of Lake Starnberg, near Munich, unable to get himself out of the water.