at (one's) wits' end

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at (one's) wits' end

In a state of distress because one has no more patience or mental stamina, often after having dealt with some kind of problem or difficult situation. The baby's been crying for hours, and I'm at my wits' end! I'm already at my wits' end, so if this train gets delayed too, I'm going to scream.
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at one's wit's end

Fig. at the limits of one's mental resources. I'm at my wit's end with this problem. I cannot figure it out. Tom could do no more. He was at his wit's end.
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at one's wit's end

Also, at wits' end. Completely puzzled and perplexed, not knowing what to do. For example, I've tried every possible source without success, and now I'm at my wit's end. This idiom, which uses wit in the sense of "mental faculties," appeared in Piers Ploughman (c. 1377).
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at your wits' end

COMMON If you are at your wits' end, you are extremely worried about a serious problem that you have tried hard to solve but cannot. Josh became very difficult after his father's death: he was rebellious and rude, and refused to go to school. I was at my wits' end. We row all the time and I'm at my wit's end.
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at (one's) wits' end

At the limit of one's mental resources; utterly at a loss.
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References in classic literature ?
That left me an orphan and folks were at their wits' end, so Mrs.
It appears they were at their wits' end what to do, the stores being so low that we must have been starved into surrender long before help came.
The stagnant water has become a breeding place for mosquitoes, and the people are at their wits' end. The problem has become so acute that more than 20 children in the neighbourhood where I live, contracted malaria.
IN THE name of goodness, how many more pages have to be devoted to criticism of Universal Credit before urgent action is taken to help people who are already at their wits' end? It shows how politicians aren't listening when, day after day, we read in the Record about the people who are having to wait for weeks for a payment, by which time they are in even worse financial straits and forced to rely on back-street lenders and food banks.
The Three Day Nanny Channel 4, 8pm Kathryn Mewes is back, and in the first of a new series she heads for Northamptonshire where the Scott family are at their wits' end. Two-year-old Freddie and three-year-old Bobbie pinch, punch, kick or bite anyone they meet, and parents Chris and Becky are desperate to stop them.
CHOICE Kathryn Mewes The Three Day Nanny Channel 4, 8pm Kathryn Mewes is back, and in the first of a new series she heads for Northamptonshire where the Scott family are at their wits' end. Two-year-old Freddie and three-year-old Bobbie pinch, punch, kick or bite anyone they meet, and parents Chris and Becky are desperate to stop them.
e 22 people who work at Aberwheeler Nurseries near Denbigh are said to be "at their wits' end" as they face the closure of the centre at the end of June.
Mums at their wits' end thanks to rising prices and cuts in benefits
They obviously have a total disregard, or worst still, a total lack of understanding or belief in either complaint, just as bad is Peter himself who must take dozens of phone calls a week from "depressed" people at their wits' end but from the anonymity of a radio studio.
Julie Kirk bride (Con Bromsgrove) said small firms in the West Midlands were "at their wits' end" as the banks they previously had good relationships with began cutting off credit.
'We aim to provide the best possible service to this group of people, many of whom are at their wits' end and don't know which way to turn.'
SCHOOLS all over the UK are screaming out for more funding, with teachers at their wits' end, saying they don't have the money to properly do their jobs.
A FAMILY are 'at their wits' end' after the council only collected their rubbish four times in a year.
Julie Kirkbride (Con, Bromsgrove) said small firms in the West Midlands were "at their wits' end" as banks they previously had good relationships with started to cut off credit.