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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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Although the directionality of forces experienced by egg masses in flow is likely complex, we chose to standardize measurements using perpendicular pulls because (1) tethering force could depend on the angle of pulling relative to the main axis of the tether, (2) any undetected angling of tethers below sediment would have added too much noise to measurements for any pulling direction other than vertical, and (3) although the force gauge provides an extremely sensitive measure at this scale (< 100 mN), it recorded accurately only when vertical.
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The current and the tether's motion create a force on the tether that can either speed up or slow a spacecraft, depending on the tether's orientation.
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The main advantage of this technology is the simplicity, profitability and ecological compatibility: space tethers allow the execution of various manoeuvers in orbit without costs of jet fuel due to the use of gravitational and electromagnetic fields of the Earth.
It was proposed that a number of centrifugally stretched conductive tethers could be used to create a large area with necessary electric field with relatively small amount of material.
Traditionally such tethers have been inflexible and most studies that have analysed the behaviour of two bodies connected by a tether during a deorbitation burn have focused on inelastic tethers.
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