the end of (one's) rope

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the end of (one's) rope

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 rope! Daniel's been at the end of his rope for weeks now—he has seriously got to get a different job!
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References in classic literature ?
He had learned that continued friction would wear through the strands of his rope, though it was many years before this knowledge did more for him than merely to keep him from swinging too long at a time, or too far above the ground at the end of his rope.
But Lip-lip was no longer leader--except when he fled away before his mates at the end of his rope, the sled bounding along behind.
50pm) When widowed Mr Brown's scheming children get rid of their latest nanny, their weary father reaches the end of his rope.
If he does live there, it means his wife took every penny he has and he's at the end of his rope," said another broker.
Gordon Smith is at the end of his rope with the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq, which is a lonely position for a Republican on Capitol Hill.
The paralytic was at the end of his rope, and the friends that he still had were willing to try anything to find some healing for him.
Jack Kincade is at the end of his rope and his career.
1) Punxsutawney Phil takes the wheel from Bill Murray, a man at the end of his rope, in ``Groundhog Day,'' now available on a special-edition DVD.
He portrays the famous victory at Quebec as a selfish suicide attempt gone wrong--that is, a general, at the end of his rope and facing a return to Britain in disgrace, deciding to launch a hopeless attack and then trying to call it off as it began.