the limit

the limit

The most extreme; someone or something that irritates, delights, or surprises to the ultimate degree. For example, Hiring and firing someone the same day-that's the limit in employee relations! or That excuse of yours for missing the wedding, that's the limit, or He's done wonders before but this last one is the limit. This idiom uses limit as "the last possible point or boundary." [Colloquial; c. 1900]
See also: limit
References in classic literature ?
The limit of some of the great prophets has been a hundred years.
Moreover, by applying the same system to the words quarante-deux,* which was the term allowed to the beast that "spoke great things and blasphemies," the same number 666 was obtained; from which it followed that the limit fixed for Napoleon's power had come in the year 1812 when the French emperor was forty-two.
Can it be said that the limits of the United States exceed this distance?
The limits, as fixed by the treaty of peace, are: on the east the Atlantic, on the south the latitude of thirty-one degrees, on the west the Mississippi, and on the north an irregular line running in some instances beyond the forty-fifth degree, in others falling as low as the forty-second.
But still the means to be employed for that purpose are limited; and these are the limits beyond which the art cannot proceed.
It is far more rational to suppose, that the courts were designed to be an intermediate body between the people and the legislature, in order, among other things, to keep the latter within the limits assigned to their authority.
Thirdly and Lastly): That Characters which may not have appeared, and Events which may not have taken place, within the limits of our own individual experience, may nevertheless be perfectly natural Characters and perfectly probable Events, for all that.
I know of those whose serene and wise speculations on this theme would soon reveal the limits of his mind's range and hospitality.
Under a special catch-up rule, a section 457 plan can provide that, for one or more of the participant's last three years before retirement, the otherwise applicable limit is increased to the lesser of (1) $15,000 or (2) the sum of the otherwise applicable limit for the year, plus the amount by which the limit in prior participation years exceeded deferrals for that year.
If and when the stock's price rises to or above the limit price, the order will be executed and the stock sold at $45 or higher.
The limit for the state Senate is two terms (eight years).
The amendment would basically raise the conforming loan limit to either the median price for a metro area or 150 percent of what the limit is, whichever is lower.
What's more the limit generally forces plans to practice "reverse discrimination" by providing highly paid participants with benefits that are a much smaller percentage of their pay than those provided to lower paid participants.
It is suggested that the rules require computation of the limit on a separate-company (or, as appropriate, subgroup) basis when the losses are subject to a SRLY limit, but that the limit be computed for the consolidated taxable income of the group as a whole when the SRLY limit does not apply.
Hahn immediately carried out his threat and vetoed the measure extending the limit from two to three terms, saying term limits need more time to work since they won't fully take effect until 2003.