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 ?
And this not so much for the sake of his reputations--for, indeed, it was when he was at his wits' end that his energy and his versatility were most admirable--but because where he failed it happened too often that no one else succeeded, and that the tale was left forever without a conclusion.
The kind-hearted surgeon is at his wits' end when Mr Kerrigan turns up on the wards.
A SCRAP dealer who was allegedly at his wits' end over his wife's taunts and quarrels killed her at Janakpuri in west Delhi on Friday night.
30pm) At his wits' end and convinced it is the only way to get more pills, Joe begs Tina to give David another chance.
After losing 5-1 to Dominic Dale in the first round in 2004, Dott was at his wits' end and snapped at an M6 service station.
Describing the show, organisers said Princess Gimmee wanted everything and the King was at his wits' end.
A pal says, `He's at his wits' end, trying weird potions and shelling out for scalp rubs at $70 (pounds 45) a pop.
When Bryant was at his wits' end earlier this year, it was West's counsel he sought.
emmerdale itV1 7pm Simple Sam Dingle's at his wits' end - a short trip at the best of times - when he has to face son Samson's teacher with stroppy newcomer Rachel (above) about the lad's alleged bullying of her niece Amelia.
Celeb chef Jamie Oliver is at his wits' end after losing the equivalent of pounds 350,000 a year through diners stealing his signature napkins.