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 started throwing a tantrum this afternoon, and with all the other things I have to get done, I'm 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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We're both at the end of our tether from lack of sleep and frustration at not being able to soothe him.
Kate explained: "We're at the end of our tether, we have nowhere to go and we're trapped.
She said: "I have tried to approach them in a friendly manner and see if they will go elsewhere but it hasn't worked - we're at the end of our tether.
One passenger, Walter Campbell, of Carnoustie, Angus, said yesterday: "We're all at the end of our tether.
Last night, angry passenger Walter Campbell, of Carnoustie, Angus, said: "We are all at the end of our tether.