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.
The limit was the sky, with the Southland on one side and the aurora borealis on the other.
Del Mar was the limit himself," he told Johnny, who held Michael by the chain.
Besides, nothing like the limit in a turn like that.
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.
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.
Miss Vanstone's resources stretch easily enough to the limits of our personal wants; including piano-forte hire for practice, and the purchase and making of the necessary dresses.
Meanwhile the indefiniteness remains, and the limits of variation are really much wider than any one would imagine from the sameness of women's coiffure and the favorite love-stories in prose and verse.
But the same motive which prevents my writing the dialogue of the piece in Anglo-Saxon or in Norman-French, and which prohibits my sending forth to the public this essay printed with the types of Caxton or Wynken de Worde, prevents my attempting to confine myself within the limits of the period in which my story is laid.
On this morning I had chosen a new street to explore when suddenly I found myself at the limits of the city.
Her own limits were the limits of her horizon; but limited minds can recognize limitations only in others.
Even within the limits of the same genus, for instance in Dianthus, these two opposite cases occur.