the end of (one's) tether

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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
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When we dragged him down into the draw, Dude sprang off to the end of his tether and shivered all over-- wouldn't let us come near him.
The harassed manager was now at the end of his tether, He wished he had skin like leather, He thought about the problem, with all his heart and soul, Suddenly shouting "Eureka" I've got it "I'm fitting a fireman's pole
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It is no wonder my son, who has applied for dozens of jobs, is now getting to the end of his tether.
The 34-year-old songwriter admitted on his website that he was at the end of his tether to leave LA and get back to his native England despite its characteristic weather.
Bradley sets out to impress his boss, Darren reaches the end of his tether with Jay, and Jane and Bianca come to blows.
When Gail arrives home, she finds her son at the end of his tether - but still unwilling to be honest.
Simon Cowell may also have reached the end of his tether with Hope after they ditched their stylist and then refused to perform the Supremes song he had chosen.
And he says his pleas for support and re-admittance to hospital fell on deaf ears ( even when he reached the end of his tether and threatened to harm himself or others.
Scott can be a little too abrupt and inscrutable during some of Jeffrey's key revelations, and Sarsgaard occasionally goes over the top when Robert reaches the end of his tether (which is quite regularly).
The sweat-drenched Bouncing Bowdler, continuing trainer Mark Johnston's splendid form, came to the end of his tether inside the final furlong but held off the late lunges of Dumaran, Norton and Beauchamp Pilot.
Jane has a solution to Ian and Christian's business troubles, while Billy is at the end of his tether with Janine.
CORONATION STREET (ITV1): When Gail arrives home, she finds her son at the end of his tether - but still unwilling to be honest.