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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

at the end of (one's) tether

Completely worn out, exasperated, or exhausted; having 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'm at 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

be at the end of (one's) tether

To be completely worn out, exasperated, or exhausted; to have 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'm at the end of my tether!
See also: end, of, tether

at the end of one's rope

 and at the end of one's tether
Fig. at the limits of one's endurance. I'm at the end of my rope! I just can't go on this way! These kids are driving me out of my mind. I'm at the end of my tether.
See also: end, of, rope

end of one's rope, at the

Also, at the end of one's tether. At the limits of one's resources, abilities, endurance, or patience. For example, If that loan doesn't come through, we'll be at the end of our rope, or The workmen are driving me crazy; I'm at the end of my tether. This expression alludes to a tied-up animal that can graze only as far as the rope (or tether) permits. [Late 1600s]
See also: end, of

at the end of your tether

COMMON If you are at the end of your tether, you are very upset because you are no longer able to deal with a difficult situation. I had tried every solution I could think of: I was at the end of my tether.
See also: end, of, tether

at the end of your tether

having no patience, resources, or energy left to cope with something.
A North American variant of this expression is at the end of your rope , and in both cases the image is that of a grazing animal tethered on a rope that allows it a certain range in which to move but which at full stretch prohibits further movement.
See also: end, of, tether

be at the ˌend of your ˈtether

(British English) (American English be at the ˌend of your ˈrope) having no more patience or strength left: After two hours of hearing the children shout and argue, I really was at the end of my tether.
See also: end, of, tether

at the end of (one's) rope

/tether
Out of energy or patience; exhausted or exasperated.
See also: end, of, rope
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Tethering force (N) was positively related to tether size.
The greater tethering force per unit wet mass for tethers at FB relative to other sites could have involved either other properties of tethers or properties of the sediment with which tethers interact.
Each morning at 07:00 h tethered goats were moved forward to the next post, and they were not allowed to graze an area that had been previously used for tethering.
It is important to characterize forage conditions since they may influence effects of tethering compared with free movement.
Signs and symptoms of a spinal-cord cyst or tethering include the following:
As long as your carrier officially supports tethering, all you need is the Nexaira BCII and appropriate international power adapter (sold separately) and you are ready to tether your iPhone and create a hotspot.
Instant Tethering is reportedly rolling out for Nexus and Pixel devices with Android Nougat 7.
Where owners insist on tethering, the RSPCA would like to see a mandatory code of conduct introduced.
The Playbook can connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi or via tethering with a Blackberry phone by using Blackberry Bridge, which utilizes Bluetooth.
The tethering feature appeals to users as it does not require an extra data plan.
Simon Catterall, prosecuting, told the court that the tethering had been too tight on both animals, causing rope burns to the feet of one horse and facial injuries to the other.
Some connected the recent efforts on the part of AT&T to stop people from tethering their phones to the increased popularity of MyWi and similar apps.
Our product is kind of synonymous with tethering, so when tethering users said they were getting these messages, we were automatically connected," Cibarra said.
However, he went on to criticize the Copyright Office for not recognizing that the problems created by tethering and unilateral contracts need to be addressed now, not at some vague time in the future.
The Copyright Office notes that tethering of downloads to a single computer and unilateral contract terms that attempt to override copyright law may be problematic, but concludes that the problems raised by them are either speculative or premature or beyond the scope of the report.