at the end of (one's) rope

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at the end of (one's) rope

Having reached a point of utter exhaustion or exasperation; in a state at which one has no more patience, endurance, or energy left. The baby's been crying all morning, and I haven't slept properly in days. I'm just at the end of my rope! He's at the end of his rope trying to get this issue resolved.
See also: end, of, rope
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

at the end of one's rope

 and at the end of one's tether
Fig. at the limits of one's endurance. I'm at the end of my rope! I just can't go on this way! These kids are driving me out of my mind. I'm at the end of my tether.
See also: end, of, rope
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

end of one's rope, at the

Also, at the end of one's tether. At the limits of one's resources, abilities, endurance, or patience. For example, If that loan doesn't come through, we'll be at the end of our rope, or The workmen are driving me crazy; I'm at the end of my tether. This expression alludes to a tied-up animal that can graze only as far as the rope (or tether) permits. [Late 1600s]
See also: end, of
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

at the end of (one's) rope

/tether
Out of energy or patience; exhausted or exasperated.
See also: end, of, rope
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

end of one's rope/tether, at the/come to the

To have exhausted one’s resources or abilities. The term alludes to a tethered (roped) animal that can graze only as far as the length of the rope permits. “Being run to the end of his Rope, as one that had no more Excuses to make,” wrote Sir John Chardin in 1686 (The Coronation of Solyman the Third). “I am at the end of my tether” was close to being a cliché by the time Royall Tyler used the line in his comedy The Contrast (first U.S. production in 1787).
See also: come, end, of, rope, to
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References in classic literature ?
He had learned that continued friction would wear through the strands of his rope, though it was many years before this knowledge did more for him than merely to keep him from swinging too long at a time, or too far above the ground at the end of his rope.
But Lip-lip was no longer leader--except when he fled away before his mates at the end of his rope, the sled bounding along behind.
The goons he owes money too have been threatening his daughter Zoe (Kiara Barnes) if he doesn't pay them $200,000, and he has been at the end of his rope trying to come up with the money.
If he does live there, it means his wife took every penny he has and he's at the end of his rope," said another broker.
Gordon Smith is at the end of his rope with the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq, which is a lonely position for a Republican on Capitol Hill.
The paralytic was at the end of his rope, and the friends that he still had were willing to try anything to find some healing for him.
Jack Kincade is at the end of his rope and his career.