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 ?
Being at my wits' end for want of money, and seeing what audiences Mathews drew, the idea occurred to me of starting an imitation of the great Imitator himself, in the shape of an "At Home," given by a woman.
I was about at my wits' end when it occurred to me to try it on the Latinist.
"As things are now," I said, "if I was in your place, I should be at my wits' end."
MENO: O Socrates, I used to be told, before I knew you, that you were always doubting yourself and making others doubt; and now you are casting your spells over me, and I am simply getting bewitched and enchanted, and am at my wits' end. And if I may venture to make a jest upon you, you seem to me both in your appearance and in your power over others to be very like the flat torpedo fish, who torpifies those who come near him and touch him, as you have now torpified me, I think.
"I've been at my wits' end worrying that police would turn up in the middle of the night and arrest me.
"I'm at my wits' end. If they [Flintshire County Council] don't want to provide me with the service then deduct the cost from my council tax and I will take it to the skip myself.
I'm at my wits' end, stressed out and fed up trying to get some answers.
I am at my wits' end and obviously the stress isn't helping my mum.
Q I'M at my wits' end. I was bleeding my Victorian radiator when the valve fell between the floorboards.
In his autobiography, Humble Pie, Ramsay says Ronnie was refusing to go to the funeral: "I was at my wits' end. I gave him money so he could buy what he needed."
QI'M at my wits' end. My 19-week old son has hardly stopped crying since birth because of colic.
THE two-month managerial reign of former England and Arsenal star Tony Adams at Wycombe could end this week after he admitted to a close friend: "I am at my wits' end."
Q I AM at my wits' end. I am getting married next year and if I still look the way I do now, I really won't want to have my picture taken.
I AM at my wits' end to understand the level to which our so-called civilised society has dropped!