at (one's) wits' end

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at (one's) wits' end

In a state of distress because one has no more patience or mental stamina, often after having dealt with some kind of problem or difficult situation. The baby's been crying for hours, and I'm at my wits' end! I'm already at my wits' 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 ?
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.
"Liam is at his wit's end," the alleged insider of the publication claimed.
Sadly, a night spent walking the streets proves fruitless so, exhausted and at his wit's end, he calls into The Rovers, where Johnny, Michelle and Kate are having a drink.
"Mr Rushton was at his wit's end, his father was particularly ill at the time."
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.
Her father is reportedly at his wit's end. Be a daddy's girl, Amy, and make sure the double-barrels aren't filling up with your life's blood.