be the (absolute) limit

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be the (absolute) limit

To be a source of intense aggravation. Oh, I can't listen to that fool any longer—his idiotic questions are the limit!
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be the limit

be intolerably troublesome or irritating. informal
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be the (absolute) ˈlimit

(old-fashioned, spoken) be a very annoying person or thing: You’re the limit, Michael. I’ve been waiting for you for over two hours. Where on earth have you been?The trains on this line are the absolute limit. They are never on time.
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References in classic literature ?
But still the means to be employed for that purpose are limited; and these are the limits beyond which the art cannot proceed.