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
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Colin Farrell (who starred in In Bruges) plays the straight man as a boozy screenwriter whose drinking is trying the patience of his girlfriend Kava (Cornish).
Roeruestheweather The miserable weather is trying the patience of the likes of Fairyhouse manager Peter Roe, who was delighted just to be racing after having lost a meeting twice recently.
Meanwhile the ever-increasing power crisis has taken an ugly turn in Karachi where the city has to experience 12-hour long load shedding in the hot and humid summer already trying the patience of the consumers.
My day off this week, therefore, was spent in a very small room in James Cook hospital trying the patience of the marvellous nurses.
What Israel needs to realize is that it is trying the patience of Egypt, regardless of the regular, civil meetings between the two states.
He is certainly trying the patience of many while making the most of his stint in the jungle.
The Artmedia Bratislava coach is trying the patience of Vladimir Romanov as he weighs up his next career move.
Olympic star Kelly Holmes, 35, is also said to be trying the patience of her partner, Todd Sand, 41.
FOR nearly 35 years they have been trying the patience of Merseyside's drivers.
Other issues -such as all-women Westminster shortlists being imposed in Blaenau Gwent and Swansea East -are also trying the patience of supporters in Labour's traditional heartlands.
The existing computer system and discussions about future advancements, such as establishing Internet connections and videoconferencing for the surrounding community, may be trying the patience of some parishioners.