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last straw, the

The final annoyance or setback, which even though minor makes one lose patience. For example, I could put up with his delays and missed deadlines, but when he claimed the work was unimportant-that was the last straw! This term is a shortening of the straw that broke the camel's back, which conveys a vivid image of an overloaded animal being given one slight additional weight. The expression dates from the mid-1800s, and replaced the earlier the last feather that breaks the horse's back.
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The overwhelming burden placed upon our National Health Services and all that is taken for granted in terms of schools and services will be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
I predict these new shared spaces may be the straw that breaks the camel's back, particularly if through-traffic doesn't decrease.
And as the reality sinks in, so will the fury as payment demands for many will become the straw that breaks the camel's back.
I WONDER which will be the straw that breaks the camel's back of our casualty departments?
The anger from fans for the failings last season are aimed at Johnston and this could be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
The duty is scheduled to suffer a further increase in April this year, and for a proportion of those surveyed the rise will be the straw that breaks the camel's back, with 27 percent of them saying that the cost of APD will affect their travel plans during the coming year.
At a time when credit is being squeezed and banking facilities are a precious resource, late payment by customers can be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
The scale of the increase was large enough to be the straw that breaks the camel's back and as a result I expect several lenders to increase the cost of at least some of their fixed-rate mortgages over the next few days.
It really isableak outlook formany companies, and for some, this week could be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
Sometimes it is the small straw that breaks the camel's back.
The proposed massive increase in parking charges may be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
The stress added by the tower's weight is like the straw that breaks the camel's back," says Cheng-Horug Lin, a seismologist who studies earthquakes at Taipei's Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica.
It's not the straw that breaks the camel's back but the accumulated load.
I believe that the insult that the British Trust for Ornithology has thrown at us will be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
This extra rain could be the straw that breaks the camel's back.