at (one's) wit's end

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at (one's) wit's end

In a state of distress that is reached when someone has no more patience. The baby's been crying for hours, and I'm at my wit's end! I'm already at my wit's 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 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.
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.
Mums at their wits' end thanks to rising food prices and power bills, higher bus fares and cuts in the benefits that used to bridge the gap.
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.
Ms Kirk bride said: "A steady stream of business men have come to my surgery truly at their wits' end because of the state of economic activity.
But a lot of the kids coming into the program are disrespectful and parents are at their wits' end.
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.
The parents have had enough and are at their wits' end.
Ms Kirkbride said: "A steady stream of businessmen have come to my surgery truly at their wits' end because of the state of economic activity.
They also have designer clothes, posh haircuts and parents who are at their wits' end trying to discipline them.
MUMS and dads at their wits' end during this month's half-term school holiday are being urged to take advantage of Nuneaton Library.
Everyone close to Nick is at their wits' end,' says a source.