be the final straw

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be the final straw

To be the last in a series of negative actions or events that makes the situation no longer tolerable. I'm already fed up with your lazy, selfish behavior, Jim, but if you can't be bothered to come with me to my own mother's funeral, well that will be the final straw!
See also: final, straw

be the last/final ˈstraw

(also be the ˌstraw that breaks the camel’s ˈback) be the last in a series of bad events, etc. that makes it impossible for you to accept a situation any longer: I’ve had a terrible day, and this traffic is the last straw, I can’t take any more.
See also: final, last, straw
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The past few weeks have been bad enough, with Gray Davis signing new pieces of socialistic legislation on a daily basis, but this is the final straw.