the straw that broke the camel's back

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
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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.
One unfortunate, in a fit of insanity, also claimed he had a TV licence; alas for him this was the straw that broke the camel's back and he was persecuted to such an extent that by comparison a visit from Torquemada and the boys of the Spanish Inquisition would have seemed like a soothing massage.
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.
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.
Personally, it's the straw that broke the camel's back as far as the EU's concerned.
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.
The straw that broke the camel's back, though, was when I had pounds 100 on T1 in the last (beaten a head) and one of the females in my party said softly next to me: 'Arrrh'.
But it was probably Kosuth's alleged opportunism with respect to The Fox that provided the straw that broke the camel's back.