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!
See also: end, of, rope
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Like most everyone at this age, I know what it is like to have reached beyond the end of one's rope, to find the way to take the high road and to reach for, as Southard suggests, "the unknown, the possibility and the promise.