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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With reference to 'At our wits' end!' (GDN, December 14), the Works Ministry would like to inform the complainant and the public that the sanitary engineering directorate inspected the location indicated on December 15, 2011.
"We're at our wits' end. She has never even been on a day trip to France because she can't get a passport."
The future for my nephew looks very bleak and he is now so detached from us all and from reality that we are all at our wits' end about what to do with him.
Our childrens' earliest school years were spent in a town without any Catholic alternative to the public system, and when we discovered that 'sex ed' in junior high meant our daughters would soon be fitting bananas with condoms for 'practice', we were at our wits' end.
The children's father, maternal grandparents and myself, the paternal grandmother, are at our wits' end. So severe has been the strain that the children's grandfather collapsed and was hospitalised.
My two room-mates and I are at our wits' end, having just split up with long-term partners.
With reference to the complaint, 'At our wits' end', (GDN, December 14), the Works Ministry would like to inform the complainant and the public that the Sanitary Engineering Directorate inspected the location on December 15, 2011, after which it turned out that the building belonging to Batsco Security Services is not connected to a sewage network and operates only on the septic tank system, which caused the flooding on the road in reference.
"We are at our wits' end trying to explain this is not going to happen," said Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) Meteorology Affairs assistant under-secretary Abdul Majeed Isa.