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that does it
1. I've had it; that's more than I can tolerate. OK, that does it, I'm calling the police—it's 2 AM and that party is still blasting music.
2. That is all that was remaining or required to accomplish something. There, that does it. The engine should be as good as new, now! A: "I reset the breakers. Is the power coming back on?" B: "Yep, that did it!"
That does it!
1. Inf. That completes it!; It is now done just right! When Jane got the last piece put into the puzzle, she said, "That does it!" John (signing a paper): Well, that's the last one! That does it! Bill: I thought we'd never finish.
2. and That tears it! Inf. That's the last straw!; Enough is enough! Bill: We're still not totally pleased with your work. Bob: That does it! I quit! Sally: That tears it! I never want to see you again! Fred: I only put my arm around you!
that does it
Also, that does the trick. The last requirement has been fulfilled; that accomplishes it. For example, That does it; we're ready to send in the application now, or That last screw does the trick-it's fully assembled. Grose's Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1823) defines do the trick as "accomplish a robbery or other business successfully," and presumably the it in the first term stands for the trick. [Early 1800s] Also see that's that.