the straw that breaks the camel's back

the straw that breaks the camel's back

A seemingly small or inconsequential issue, problem, or burden that proves to be the final catalyst in causing an overworked or overburdened person, system, organization, etc., to fail, give up, or collapse. With governmental resources already strained to the breaking point, any sort of environmental disaster would be the straw that breaks the camel's back. I was already fed up with his laziness and insensitivity, but Jim's refusal to come with me to my own mother's funeral was the straw that broke the camel's back.
See also: back, break, straw, that

the straw that broke the camel's back

A seemingly small or inconsequential issue, problem, or burden that proves to be the final catalyst in causing an overworked or overburdened person, system, organization, etc., to fail, give up, or collapse. I was already fed up with my husband's lazy, selfish ways, but it was his refusal to get off the couch and come with me to my mother's funeral that was the straw that broke the camel's back! With governmental resources already strained to the breaking point, any sort of environmental disaster would likely be the straw that broke the camel's back.
See also: back, broke, straw, that

the straw that breaks the camel's back

If you say that something is the straw that breaks the camel's back, you mean it is the latest in a series of bad events, and it makes you unable to deal with a situation any longer. Last week, I broke my wrist skateboarding and that was the straw that broke the camel's back as far as my dad was concerned. He has ordered me to stay away from anything that could get me into an accident. Compare with the last straw. Note: The reference here is to an animal which is already carrying a great deal on its back and which collapses when one more thing is added.
See also: back, break, straw, that

the straw that broke the camel's back

The final limit of capacity, including patience. An Arabian anecdote told of a camel whose owner loaded the beast of burden with as much straw as possible. Not satisfied with the staggering load he had put on the camel, the owner added just one last piece of straw. Even that one wisp was too much, and the animal collapsed with a broken back, leaving the owner with no way to take his goods to the market. The story is a parable for all the times you've been repeatedly irked until you can't take it anymore and you explode.
See also: back, broke, straw, that
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The overwhelming burden placed upon our National Health Services and all that is taken for granted in terms of schools and services will be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
I predict these new shared spaces may be the straw that breaks the camel's back, particularly if through-traffic doesn't decrease.
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At a time when credit is being squeezed and banking facilities are a precious resource, late payment by customers can be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
The scale of the increase was large enough to be the straw that breaks the camel's back and as a result I expect several lenders to increase the cost of at least some of their fixed-rate mortgages over the next few days.
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The stress added by the tower's weight is like the straw that breaks the camel's back," says Cheng-Horug Lin, a seismologist who studies earthquakes at Taipei's Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica.
It's not the straw that breaks the camel's back but the accumulated load.
I believe that the insult that the British Trust for Ornithology has thrown at us will be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
This extra rain could be the straw that breaks the camel's back.