the end of (one's) rope

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the end of (one's) rope

A point of utter exhaustion or exasperation; a point or state at which one has 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've just reached the end of my rope! Daniel's been at the end of his rope for weeks now—he has seriously got to get a different job!
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He had learned that continued friction would wear through the strands of his rope, though it was many years before this knowledge did more for him than merely to keep him from swinging too long at a time, or too far above the ground at the end of his rope.
But Lip-lip was no longer leader--except when he fled away before his mates at the end of his rope, the sled bounding along behind.
Hastily making one end of his rope fast to the piece of granite, he returned to the shaft, and, coiling the balance of the rope on the floor beside him, the ape-man took the heavy slab in both hands, and, swinging it several times to get the distance and the direction fixed, he let the weight fly up at a slight angle, so that, instead of falling straight back into the shaft again, it grazed the far edge, tumbling over into the court beyond.
The goons he owes money too have been threatening his daughter Zoe (Kiara Barnes) if he doesn't pay them $200,000, and he has been at the end of his rope trying to come up with the money.
In a meeting with the families of the 16 civilians killed in Sunday's bloodbath, the Afghan president said he was "at the end of his rope".
Nanny McPhee (ITV1, today, 3.50pm) When widowed Mr Brown's scheming children get rid of their latest nanny, their weary father reaches the end of his rope. Can the increasingly attractive Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) help?
If he does live there, it means his wife took every penny he has and he's at the end of his rope," said another broker.
Gordon Smith is at the end of his rope with the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq, which is a lonely position for a Republican on Capitol Hill.
The paralytic was at the end of his rope, and the friends that he still had were willing to try anything to find some healing for him.
Jack Kincade is at the end of his rope and his career.