enough is enough


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enough is enough

This situation needs to stop. Can you watch the baby for a little while? She's been crying all day and enough is enough. Enough is enough! Stop fighting!
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Enough is enough.

Prov. That is enough, and there should be no more.; Stop! Stop asking for money! Enough is enough! I've heard all the complaining from you that I can take. Enough is enough!
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enough is enough

One should be satisfied; stop, there should be no more. For example, No more speeches-enough is enough, or as Robert Southey put it ( The Doctor, 1834): "As for money, enough is enough; no man can enjoy more." This expression already appeared in John Heywood's proverb collection of 1546 and is often used as an interjection (first example).
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enough is enough

COMMON People say enough is enough when they think that something, usually something bad, should stop. Stop asking questions! You should know when enough is enough. Eventually, enough is enough, and you have to evict them from your house.
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enough is enough

no more will be tolerated.
1997 Earthmatters Unless we say ‘enough is enough’ and start to take habitat protection seriously, the future of the world's wildlife is in jeopardy.
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eˌnough is eˈnough

(saying) used when you think that something should not continue any longer: Enough is enough! I don’t mind a joke, but now you’ve gone too far!
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enough is enough

That is sufficient, no more is needed or wanted. “There is now enough” appeared in the works of numerous Roman writers (Horace, Martial, Plautus, and others), and “Enough is enough” was already a proverb by the time John Heywood amassed his 1546 collection. Versions in other European languages—Italian, French, Dutch—append the notion that not only is enough sufficient, but that too much is bad. In any event, the expression was well on its way to being a cliché by the time Robert Southey wrote (The Doctor, 1834), “As for money, enough is enough; no man can enjoy more.” Wallis Warfield, Duchess of Windsor (1896–1986) reportedly disagreed, saying, “You can never be too rich or too thin” (attributed). A much more recent synonym is the interjection enough already, a translation of the Yiddish genug shoyn. See also too much of a good thing.
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I AM a true Bluenose and it is time the board and the fans stood up and said "enough is enough".
I say, "Enough is enough!" Roderick McAvoy said it best his letter "But for Christianity"(October): Let us now think of those who go hungry, those who are cold in winter, those who really require the help of those who are more fortunate.