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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Christine said: "Families need support; I've stopped for more coffees than I dare to drink with mams at the end of their tether, mams in a similar situation - I love chatting to them and love to say you know what, it's OK, if you want to know something about autism, ask an autistic person and build from there.
Danielle Goodwin, of housing charity Shelter, said: "We speak to people at the end of their tether after a law-breaking landlord causes chaos.
They told me they were all there to discuss the same issue and that they were at the end of their tether, as they are having to contend with cars being parked across and even in their driveways on school days.
Between welfare cuts, stupid rules on how many bedrooms should be in one's home, irrespective of how long one has lived there, and unfair zero-hour contracts, many Brits are at the end of their tether.
SUICIDAL neighbours at the end of their tether called in police after listening to non-stop screaming.
Accused ONCE again Mike Ashley stands accused Of being somewhat confused His lack of good leadership Will cost us dearly in the Premiership As long as Ashley's at the hub United will remain a second rate club Likely facing a relegation battle once again Mike has only himself to blame Lacking faith in Pardew and Kinnear Relegation is what we really fear Putting these two yes men together Hopefully both will soon be at the end of their tether Given the right opportunity Ashley would sell out Of that the fans have no doubt If Ashley were to leave tomorrow The Geordies would feel no pain or sorrow G McLANDERS, Byker, Newcastle
There's widespread yob behaviour around Garsfield Road, which has left people at the end of their tether.
She said she and fellow students were at the end of their tether struggling to make ends meet.
Another said: "People were at the end of their tether and the T-shirts made some really cross.
They are not bad parents but they are at the end of their tether.
She said: 'The Samaritans deal with thousands of calls each year from people who are often at the end of their tether and need to talk.
Dark Days, with its black-and-white images and its focus on "the lower depths" and people at the end of their tether seems, deceptively, simple, even "primitive.
Insp Simon Charlton and his team of community officers working in Whiteleas, South Shields, are at the end of their tether after watching the unnamed families' criminal records grow over the years.
They claim they are at the end of their tether because coffins can't fit in the communal lift.
They seemed mild-mannered men at the end of their tether.