the end of (one's) tether

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the end of (one's) tether

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 tether! Daniel's been at the end of his tether for weeks now—he has seriously got to get a different job!
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When we dragged him down into the draw, Dude sprang off to the end of his tether and shivered all over-- wouldn't let us come near him.
But the boss of Lorne Street-based firm R Jameson Plumbing & Heating Ltd had almost "reached the end of his tether" after being refused help by a series of banks.
The St Johnstone manager has reached the end of his tether with the Ibrox club, who have had two offers of around PS200,000 thrown out by Perth chairman Steve Brown, who values his player at around PS600,000.
When Gail arrives home, she finds her son at the end of his tether - but still unwilling to be honest.
And he says his pleas for support and re-admittance to hospital fell on deaf ears ( even when he reached the end of his tether and threatened to harm himself or others.
Richard Bottley, 37, said he was at the end of his tether when he brandished his six-year-old son's toy pistol at the two boys, aged 15 and 14.
The batsman caused a storm of controversy last week by admitting in a newspaper interview he was "at the end of his tether", while it was confirmed he was refused permission to return home between the third and fourth Tests following a bout of homesickness.
He was probably at the end of his tether. It would have been a moment of madness that he will have hated himself for."
It's going to be a major event and we'll all go out afterwards to celebrate." Russell also says he has finally reached the end of his tether when it comes to shopping for clothes - he's bagged himself a stylist!
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The Hampshire batsman caused a storm last week by admitting in a newspaper interview he was "at the end of his tether", while it was confirmed he was refused permission to return home between the third and fourth Tests for 48 hours after complaining of homesickness.
The harassed manager was now at the end of his tether, He wished he had skin like leather, He thought about the problem, with all his heart and soul, Suddenly shouting "Eureka" I've got it "I'm fitting a fireman's pole!" by Jimmy Smith, Birkenhead
Merrigan, who had "reached the end of his tether", ended up going to the home of Wayne's dad, Anthony Carr at 8am, initially wanting to bring the bad feeling to an end.