wit's end

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wit's end

A state of distress that is reached when someone has no more patience. Often used in the phrase "at wit's end" or "at (one's) wit's end." The baby's been crying for hours, and I've reached my wit's end! I'm already at wit's end, so if this train gets delayed too, I'm going to scream.
See also: end
References in classic literature ?
I really know not," answered the lady, after a pause; and then pausing again, she cried out--"Upon my soul, I am at my wit's end on this girl's account.
I'm at my wit's end, and I don't mind acknowledging
A gentleman of Typee can bring up a numerous family of children and give them all a highly respectable cannibal education, with infinitely less toil and anxiety than he expends in the simple process of striking a light; whilst a poor European artisan, who through the instrumentality of a lucifer performs the same operation in one second, is put to his wit's end to provide for his starving offspring that food which the children of a Polynesian father, without troubling their parents, pluck from the branches of every tree around them.
I was at my wit's end to account for her strange actions, and that Thuvia, too, had turned against her father seemed incredible.
He felt that there was an intrigue at the bottom of it, whether comedy or tragedy; he was at his wit's end at not being able to fathom it, but in the meanwhile wished to keep clear.
And then she broke out into a long shrill laugh that put me to my wit's end with fury.
At last the little money which I had saved began to run short, and I was at my wit's end as to what I should do.
The occupants themselves must be at their wit's end.
At wit's end Crystal Palace v Spurs Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has had enough of being the class clown and wants to be taken seriously on his return to the Premier League.
In 2010, Domino Records hired a photo-surveillance private investigator to follow McCombs and take what would be become the publicity shots for Wit's End.
She has been overwhelmed by the attention she has received since the wedding and is at her wit's end.
Judge Forster, sitting at Newcastle Crown Court, told him: "I accept you did what you did because you were at your wit's end.
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The 88-year-old - who is himself suffering from terminal prostate cancer - is at his wit's end, insisting the badge was in a slot on the car dashboard.
The feisty kitten is constantly getting into trouble, leaving the older cat at her wit's end.