at the end of (one's) tether

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at the end of (one's) tether

Completely worn out, exasperated, or exhausted; having no more patience, endurance, or energy left. Joshua has been throwing a tantrum all afternoon, and with all the other things I have to get done, I'm simply at the end of my tether! Daniel's been at the end of his tether for weeks now—he has seriously got to get a different job!
See also: end, of, tether

at the end of your tether

COMMON If you are at the end of your tether, you are very upset because you are no longer able to deal with a difficult situation. I had tried every solution I could think of: I was at the end of my tether.
See also: end, of, tether

at the end of your tether

having no patience, resources, or energy left to cope with something.
A North American variant of this expression is at the end of your rope , and in both cases the image is that of a grazing animal tethered on a rope that allows it a certain range in which to move but which at full stretch prohibits further movement.
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The harassed manager was now at the end of his tether, He wished he had skin like leather, He thought about the problem, with all his heart and soul, Suddenly shouting "Eureka" I've got it "I'm fitting a fireman's pole!" by Jimmy Smith, Birkenhead
He was probably at the end of his tether. It would have been a moment of madness that he will have hated himself for."
TEACHER Peter Harvey was at the end of his tether when he snapped in a Mansfield classroom.
The Hampshire batsman caused a storm last week by admitting in a newspaper interview he was "at the end of his tether", while it was confirmed he was refused permission to return home between the third and fourth Tests for 48 hours after complaining of homesickness.
The batsman caused a storm of controversy last week by admitting in a newspaper interview he was "at the end of his tether", while it was confirmed he was refused permission to return home between the third and fourth Tests following a bout of homesickness.
IAN Small is a man at the end of his tether. He is so fed up with the state of the roads on Arran that he is waging a one-man war on potholes.
*CORONATION STREET (ITV1): When Gail arrives home, she finds her son at the end of his tether - but still unwilling to be honest.
"On Friday he said to me he was at the end of his tether, feeling desperate and no-one was responding.
Richard Bottley, 37, said he was at the end of his tether when he brandished his six-year-old son's toy pistol at the two boys, aged 15 and 14.
SO David Beckham is at the end of his tether. Well he has no-one to blame but himself.
Robert William Keight, 20, worked for Impact Signs at Chester but left "at the end of his tether" and made silent and other nuisance phone calls to the Buckley home of company boss Christopher Jarrett and his wife Tracey, Flintshire magistrates court was told.
NASSER HUSSAIN will be allowed the final say about whether he drops down the order for the second Test against Sri Lanka after admitting he is "at the end of his tether" about his run of scores.
To roars from the buzzing terraces, Mumble Swerve cruised to the front in the closing metres and, whilst at the end of his tether, won with over two lengths to spare in 24.27sec, a very good time considering the trouble he found.
The Hampshire batsman caused a storm of controversy last week by admitting he was "at the end of his tether", while it was confirmed he was refused permission to return home between the third and fourth Tests for 48 hours following a bout of homesickness.