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
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DEDICATED NHS staff are reaching the end of their tethers, overwhelmed by the winter crisis.
You only have to look at the level of anger vented at Fine Gael at their Ard Fheis to see Irish people are at the end of their tethers.
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My son and daughter-in-law are at the end of their tethers.
TIRED-out modern mothers are reaching the end of their tethers, a survey out today reveals.