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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]
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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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When Inspector Iain Kane arrived the Shetland lay dead, killed either by a kick from the other horse or when their tethers became entangled.