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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We're both at the end of our tether from lack of sleep and frustration at not being able to soothe him.
Kate explained: "We're at the end of our tether, we have nowhere to go and we're trapped.
One passenger, Walter Campbell, of Carnoustie, Angus, said yesterday: "We're all at the end of our tether.
She said: "I have tried to approach them in a friendly manner and see if they will go elsewhere but it hasn't worked - we're at the end of our tether.
Last night, angry passenger Walter Campbell, of Carnoustie, Angus, said: "We are all at the end of our tether.