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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"Unfortunately, by the time many people come and see me, they are at the end of their tether and don't know what to do or where to turn," says steven.
Dumfries EIS secretary Andrew O'Halloran said teachers in the region are "at the end of their tether" and that the vote to move for a strike ballot was "overwhelming".
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."
"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.
Another said: "People were at the end of their tether and the T-shirts made some really cross."
AT THE END OF THEIR TETHER: The Rev Graham Marcer (centre) with churchwarden Gloria Long and parishioner George Pittam outside the church which they say has been plagued by rubbish and vandalism - with even a visit from the police failing to move on the gangs of young people.
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." In contrast, Books and the Night director Tristan Bauer provided the most elegant and polished film of the festival.
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. All agencies need to be working together to eradicate this problem.
She said she and fellow students were at the end of their tether struggling to make ends meet.
They seemed mild-mannered men at the end of their tether. Ironically, for every father striving desperately to see his child there's another ( or even two ( determined to steer clear of his offspring and contribute not a penny to its welfare, but two wrongs do not make a right.
Figures released today on the first six months of the Teacher Support Network show that 1,000 calls a month are being taken from teachers at the end of their tether.