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the straw that breaks the camel's back

A seemingly small or inconsequential issue, problem, or burden that proves to be the final catalyst in causing an overworked or overburdened person, system, organization, etc., to fail, give up, or collapse. With governmental resources already strained to the breaking point, any sort of environmental disaster would be the straw that breaks the camel's back. I was already fed up with his laziness and insensitivity, but Jim's refusal to come with me to my own mother's funeral was the straw that breaks the camel's back.
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the straw that broke the camel's back

A seemingly small or inconsequential issue, problem, or burden that proved to be the final catalyst in causing an overworked or overburdened person, system, organization, etc., to fail, give up, or collapse. I was already fed up with my husband's lazy, selfish ways, but it was his refusal to get off the couch and come with me to my mother's funeral that was the straw that broke the camel's back! With governmental resources already strained to the breaking point, any sort of environmental disaster would likely be the straw that broke the camel's back.
See also: back, broke, straw, that

the straw that breaks the camel's back

If you say that something is the straw that breaks the camel's back, you mean it is the latest in a series of bad events, and it makes you unable to deal with a situation any longer. Last week, I broke my wrist skateboarding and that was the straw that broke the camel's back as far as my dad was concerned. He has ordered me to stay away from anything that could get me into an accident. Compare with the last straw. Note: The reference here is to an animal which is already carrying a great deal on its back and which collapses when one more thing is added.
See also: back, break, straw, that

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.
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There have been so many rumors swirling and this one was really just the straw that broke the camel's back for me," she added.
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.
The county seal issue was the straw that broke the camel's back,'' Hernandez said.
The uncertainty about their level of funding for the coming season has apparently been the straw that broke the camel's back for the club, and has forced the directors to throw in the towel.
Butler, "We do not oppose the sale, but Scripps Howard's greed in negotiating the sale of its share of SCT alone was the straw that broke the camel's back.
It was the straw that broke the camel's back because they had hadn't been getting on well over the last few months.
Now we have to look at how we move forward because this is the straw that broke the camel's back.
John Weate, defending, said of Holden: "Perhaps because he hadn't any sleep, perhaps because he stayed awake for a number of nights as a consequence of what was happening to him and his property, it was the straw that broke the camel's back.
This one is the straw that broke the camel's back," the source said.
And finally the straw that broke the camel's back with his remarks on Twitter, which caused unrest for the second weekend running within United ranks.
The Kevin Keegan tribunal exposed them as liars, but then saying he was going to sell the naming rights to the ground was the straw that broke the camel's back.
We have teetered on the brink a few times over the years but this downturn was the straw that broke the camel's back," he said.
That was the straw that broke the camel's back and although Caerphilly's young bucks never dropped their heads, there was no way back once Steve Brown had crossed for his side's fifth try.
But this time, especially in our urban areas, this latest proposal may yet become the straw that broke the camel's back.
They're calling it the straw that broke the camel's back.