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.
See also: end, of, tether
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I'm at the end of my tether - Karen Evans-Armitage says she is fed up battling against the infestation of flies in the property next door to her house in Wavertree, also inset, below, left Pictures: JAMES MALONEY
I was at the end of my tether emotionally, physically and mentally."
I am at the end of my tether. I have put up with this since last November.
Speaking after the 3-0 loss to Leicester City, Carver said: "I am not at the end of my tether, let me tell you that.
I was at the end of my tether, with everything we'd gone through.
I am writing this at the end of my tether. I feel that I am making wrong decisions and pushing people away.
Owner Emma Sayle, fiancee of Sir Ian's son, Liam, said she was "at the end of my tether" after searches for Woody proved fruitless.
"I was at the end of my tether after juggling two jobs since my divorce," she told the court.
"I really am at the end of my tether with him," said Bruce, who takes his side to Everton on Sunday.
"I really am at the end of my tether with him," said Bruce, whose side are seventh in the English Premier League.
He added: "By saying I'm at the end of my tether last week was not a case of wanting to leave the tour.
Mrs Morrisey, 44, said: ``I am not one to scream and shout but I was at the end of my tether and I didn't know how much more I could take.
Hi Lynne, I am at the end of my tether. I'm 48 and was made redundant in August 2010 and have been looking for work ever since.
I've tried everything and really am at the end of my tether. Please help!
He's a good man and a good dad but I'm at the end of my tether. What should I do?