the straw that broke the camel's back

the straw that breaks the camel's back

A seemingly small or inconsequential issue, problem, or burden that proves to be the final catalyst in causing an overworked or overburdened person, system, organization, etc., to fail, give up, or collapse. With governmental resources already strained to the breaking point, any sort of environmental disaster would be the straw that breaks the camel's back. I was already fed up with his laziness and insensitivity, but Jim's refusal to come with me to my own mother's funeral was the straw that breaks the camel's back.
See also: back, break, straw, that

the straw that broke the camel's back

A seemingly small or inconsequential issue, problem, or burden that proved to be the final catalyst in causing an overworked or overburdened person, system, organization, etc., to fail, give up, or collapse. I was already fed up with my husband's lazy, selfish ways, but it was his refusal to get off the couch and come with me to my mother's funeral that was the straw that broke the camel's back! With governmental resources already strained to the breaking point, any sort of environmental disaster would likely be the straw that broke the camel's back.
See also: back, broke, straw, that

the straw that broke the camel's back

The final limit of capacity, including patience. An Arabian anecdote told of a camel whose owner loaded the beast of burden with as much straw as possible. Not satisfied with the staggering load he had put on the camel, the owner added just one last piece of straw. Even that one wisp was too much, and the animal collapsed with a broken back, leaving the owner with no way to take his goods to the market. The story is a parable for all the times you've been repeatedly irked until you can't take it anymore and you explode.
See also: back, broke, straw, that
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Oztumer pointed to his side's FA Cup first-round defeat at Newport County as the straw that broke the camel's back and forced Whitney's men to buck up their ideas.
And that proved to be the straw that broke the camel's back for Ayo, who took off his jacket and slammed it to the floor in frustration.
But the decision not to invest in the squad that sat top of the League in January 2013 because a promotion would have meant pumping more money in, seems to be the straw that broke the camel's back.
They're calling it the straw that broke the camel's back.
Sulzberger Jr, the publisher of the Times, has long been known to be contentious, with clashes over her often brusque management style, but the first leaks (chronicled first and most thoroughly by Ken Auletta at The New Yorker) suggested that the straw that broke the camel's back was Abramson's discovery of, and subsequent attempt to correct, what appeared to be a significant disparity in pay between herself and her male predecessors (i.
Another defeat to a Hearts side everyone else seems capable of beating was simply the straw that broke the camel's back.
davidrobertsss The straw that broke the camel's back @M_Rea Time for a change, never seen as much hostility towards a manager/ team in a long time @DaveCorps It won't happen for Mogga.
Maybe this was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Her perceived public humiliation was clearly the straw that broke the camel's back.
Howard added this is the straw that broke the camel's back, and at some stage unfortunately you've got to make a call, adding there were plenty of warnings.
Lee had planned to retire after the World T20 this year, but the injury during the ODI series against England, which the Aussies lost 0- 4, turned out to be the straw that broke the camel's back.
However, the straw that broke the camel's back for me has been the roadworks and one-way system, because everyone has been staying away from Morpeth.
The straw that broke the camel's back was the unions' good friend Mr Gordon Brown.
A ferocious gang attack of a lone punter by up to 14 doormen, captured on CCTV, was the straw that broke the camel's back, licensing officers insist.
That was the straw that broke the camel's back," Naidu says, recalling the surreal scene around the conference table when board members were discussing what to do about the canceled insurance and a colleague ran in with the morning paper, which featured the story on the front page.