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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But I've got to the end of my tether, and I must have advice."
I'm at the end of my tether - Karen Evans-Armitage says she is fed up battling against the infestation of flies in the property next door to her house in Wavertree, also inset, below, left Pictures: JAMES MALONEY
I feel really strongly about it "I have come to the end of my tether. I was going to move out but I love this flat so why should I move?
I was at the end of my tether emotionally, physically and mentally."
I am at the end of my tether. I have put up with this since last November.
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 am writing this at the end of my tether. I feel that I am making wrong decisions and pushing people away.
Owner Emma Sayle, fiancee of Sir Ian's son, Liam, said she was "at the end of my tether" after searches for Woody proved fruitless.
"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.
WIGAN: Wigan manager Steve Bruce said Thursday he was at the "end of my tether" with Amr Zaki after the on-loan Egypt forward failed to return on time from international duty for the fourth time this season.
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 think it would be such a shame if it went under because there are so many people out there who need their help.'