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!
See also: end, of, tether
References in classic literature ?
But I've got to the end of my tether, and I must have advice.
I was at the end of my tether emotionally, physically and mentally.
Speaking after the 3-0 loss to Leicester City, Carver said: "I am not at the end of my tether, let me tell you that.
I was at the end of my tether, with everything we'd gone through.
I was at the end of my tether after juggling two jobs since my divorce," she told the court.
I really am at the end of my tether with him," said Bruce, who takes his side to Everton on Sunday.
I really am at the end of my tether with him," said Bruce, whose side are seventh in the English Premier League.
He added: "By saying I'm at the end of my tether last week was not a case of wanting to leave the tour.
I continually get grief and criticism and I am getting to the end of my tether,' said Samuel.
I am so grateful to the association because they really helped me at a time when I was getting to the end of my tether.
I've tried everything and really am at the end of my tether.
He's a good man and a good dad but I'm at the end of my tether.
I have tried everything and am at the end of my tether.
Mrs Morrisey, 44, said: ``I am not one to scream and shout but I was at the end of my tether and I didn't know how much more I could take.
It's been a heck of a tough time and I'm at the end of my tether now.