the end of (one's) tether

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the end of (one's) tether

A point of utter exhaustion or exasperation; a point or state at which one has 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've just reached 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
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Christine said: "Families need support; I've stopped for more coffees than I dare to drink with mams at the end of their tether, mams in a similar situation - I love chatting to them and love to say you know what, it's OK, if you want to know something about autism, ask an autistic person and build from there.
If change isn't imminent, the public can expect both a less experienced workforce, as officers reach the end of their tether and choose to leave, and one that can no longer do all that is asked of it," Mr White will say.
Danielle Goodwin, of housing charity Shelter, said: "We speak to people at the end of their tether after a law-breaking landlord causes chaos.
Between welfare cuts, stupid rules on how many bedrooms should be in one's home, irrespective of how long one has lived there, and unfair zero-hour contracts, many Brits are at the end of their tether.
SUICIDAL neighbours at the end of their tether called in police after listening to non-stop screaming.
Accused ONCE again Mike Ashley stands accused Of being somewhat confused His lack of good leadership Will cost us dearly in the Premiership As long as Ashley's at the hub United will remain a second rate club Likely facing a relegation battle once again Mike has only himself to blame Lacking faith in Pardew and Kinnear Relegation is what we really fear Putting these two yes men together Hopefully both will soon be at the end of their tether Given the right opportunity Ashley would sell out Of that the fans have no doubt If Ashley were to leave tomorrow The Geordies would feel no pain or sorrow G McLANDERS, Byker, Newcastle
And while the opposition must be feared, almost dreaded, several horses could well have reached the end of their tether this season - especially those who competed at Longchamp this month.
There's widespread yob behaviour around Garsfield Road, which has left people at the end of their tether.
People are reaching the end of their tether - and if we are not to reach a stage where more folk 'snap' we, as a society, must find a way to put an end to this problem on our estates.
Another said: "People were at the end of their tether and the T-shirts made some really cross.
They are not bad parents but they are at the end of their tether.
She said: 'The Samaritans deal with thousands of calls each year from people who are often at the end of their tether and need to talk.
Dark Days, with its black-and-white images and its focus on "the lower depths" and people at the end of their tether seems, deceptively, simple, even "primitive.
They told me they were all there to discuss the same issue and that they were at the end of their tether, as they are having to contend with cars being parked across and even in their driveways on school days.
For those women who have been harshly treated by society and are at the end of their tether, it will offer them hope that a far better future awaits them.
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