try the patience of (someone)

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try the patience of (someone)

To frustrate or annoy (someone) by continued unwanted behavior; to test the limits of someone's patience. His tangential questions are clearly trying the patience of the professor, who asked that all questions be held until the end of the lecture.
See also: of, patience, try
References in classic literature ?
It's enough to try the patience of a saint to be treated in this way.
I beg your pardon, George, but you are enough to try the patience of a saint.
If one could have a fine house, full of nice girls, or go traveling, the summer would be delightful, but to stay at home with three selfish sisters and a grown-up boy was enough to try the patience of a Boaz," complained Miss Malaprop, after several days devoted to pleasure, fretting, and ennui.
Once too often mayst thus try the patience of the just O-Tar.
I don't want to offend anybody," he said, "but my wife's obstinacy is enough to try the patience of a saint.
Some drew nearer, hoping to overhear the conversation, who were themselves among the guilty--and surely that was a thing to try the patience of a saint.
The problems I had would try the patience of Jobe," he added.
He said that atrocities of the rulers have reached their peak and warned them not to try the patience of the people anymore.
Despite this his "cheekiness remained intact" and as his grandmother said often "he would try the patience of a saint".
Dealing with a child who is having a really bad day, one tantrum following hot on the heels of another, will try the patience of a saint and is every adult's worst nightmare.
Sandy would try the patience of a saint, let alone a vicar, but Ashley's behaviour towards his dad is becoming increasingly unchristian, below.
Emmerdale ITV1 Sandy would try the patience of a saint, let alone a vicar, but Ashley's behaviour towards his dad is becoming increasingly unchristian.
EMMERDALE (ITV1) Sandy would try the patience of a saint, let alone a vicar, but Ashley's behaviour towards his dad is becoming increasingly unchristian.
Calling on Greek Cypriots not to waste the chance as in 2004 twin referendums that were held as part of a UN plan to reunite the island, Erdogan said that nobody should try the patience of Turkish Cypriot people who have been persevering for a solution for 47 years.
When those of Indian descent sought for the best means of asserting their identity in their new homelands, they sensibly chose cultural pathways rather than those stained with the blood of revolution and violent conflict--though the challenging and charismatic Guyanese Marxist leader Cheddi Jagan was sorely to try the patience of potentially friendly overseas Western governments during the 1950s and '60s.