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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London, June 25 (ANI): Girls Aloud member Cheryl Tweedy is said to be at wits end after thieves broke into rapper will.i.am's car and stole some personal items.
When James Toller's At Wits End was in the line-up for Newmarket's Friday card at the end of last month, he was burdened with my selection but withdrawn, presumably because the ground was considered too fast.
Perhaps lightning will strike twice with At Wits End in the 4.25 at the Esher course.
At Wits End should improve for his first outing on turf at Windsor, when he finished strongly to finish fourth.
Twelve-year-old Ben doesn't want to be treated like a child, but he's at wits end trying to deal with his short-tempered father and the old cow boss with a grudge against him.
But just two years ago, he was at wits end. Having arrived in the Sault with his wife from southern Ontario looking for a better quality of life, his four-month job search turned sour and he was preparing to pack his bags to head back.
At Wits End should improve for his first outing on turf at Windsor, and the fact that the horse he beat at Wolverhampton in October, Burma Rock, won subsequently off 74 suggests a mark of 75 will not be beyond him.