try one's patience

try one's patience

Put one's tolerance to a severe test, cause one to be annoyed, as in Putting these parts together really tries my patience, or Her constant lateness tries our patience. This idiom uses try in the sense of "test," a usage dating from about 1300.
See also: patience, try
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This implies the Fed sees no threat of too high inflation and quite a bit of threat of inflation being too low for long enough to try one's patience.
A pity, then, that the book is so bulky and tedious in parts; the interminable flashbacks and accounts of family reunions and visits to various places (one wishes for a map) sorely try one's patience.
This plant can get out of hand so quickly that it takes over your lawn and your neighbor's lawn too, and the tangle of prickly brambles has other drawbacks that try one's patience.