at (one's) wit's end

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at (one's) wit's end

In a state of distress that is reached when someone has no more patience. The baby's been crying for hours, and I'm at my wit's end! I'm already at my wit's end, so if this train gets delayed too, I'm going to scream.
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at one's wit's end

Fig. at the limits of one's mental resources. I'm at my wit's end with this problem. I cannot figure it out. Tom could do no more. He was at his wit's end.
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at one's wit's end

Also, at wits' end. Completely puzzled and perplexed, not knowing what to do. For example, I've tried every possible source without success, and now I'm at my wit's end. This idiom, which uses wit in the sense of "mental faculties," appeared in Piers Ploughman (c. 1377).
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at your wits' end

COMMON If you are at your wits' end, you are extremely worried about a serious problem that you have tried hard to solve but cannot. Josh became very difficult after his father's death: he was rebellious and rude, and refused to go to school. I was at my wits' end. We row all the time and I'm at my wit's end.
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at (one's) wits' end

At the limit of one's mental resources; utterly at a loss.
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References in classic literature ?
Thomas was at HER wits' end, so she said, what to do with me.
My wife seemed to be as upset as myself, and I could see from the little questioning glances which she kept shooting at me that she understood that I disbelieved her statement, and that she was at her wits' end what to do.
Hannah scolded, Meg cried, and Jo was at her wits' end, till se decided to take things into her own hands.
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Elsewhere, Marilyn is at her wits' end, as John avoids talking to Jett about his feelings.
She has been overwhelmed by the attention she has received and is at her wits' end," the source added.
JILL Kent is at her wits' end, trying to arrange insurance for her 19-yearold daughter who's just passed her driving test.
She is at her wits' end and feels it is time to leave but she's trying to keep it together for the children.
Crematorium director Marjorie Joplin was left at her wits' end this week when four HGVs gate-crashed peaceful funerals in one afternoon.
A mother at her wits' end of all the worry the daughter sends, the daughter going though things she doesn't know, please let the mother's love show.
Topanga Canyon resident Deanna Santos, who has five dogs and two cats, is almost at her wits' end.
Lee Derrig says she is at her wits' end and her daughter, Pagan Fairley, aged 15, is in constant pain.