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 ?
there is nothing which I would not undertake for such a reward." "I really know not," answered the lady, after a pause; and then pausing again, she cried out--"Upon my soul, I am at my wit's end on this girl's account.--If she can be preserved, something must be done immediately; and, as I say, nothing but violent methods will do.
I'm at my wit's end, and I don't mind acknowledging
"Let me give you the flowers!" I stammered out at last, quite 'at my wit's end' as to how to get out of the difficulty.
I was at my wit's end to account for her strange actions, and that Thuvia, too, had turned against her father seemed incredible.
At last the little money which I had saved began to run short, and I was at my wit's end as to what I should do.
I AM really at my wit's end over how quickly the judicial system granted the bail to Shahbaz Sharif, whereas I have been seeking my father's bail for more than one year whose age is more than 70 years.
I am at my wit's end because I cannot find any information about him.
I am at my wit's end trying to get any of this money back.
I am sorry from the bottom of my heart but I was at my wit's end."
I'm at my wit's end. She's my only daughter and I would do anything for her, but I'm on disability and I live in rented property so I can't get a loan for her