try the patience of (someone)

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try the patience of (someone)

To frustrate or annoy (someone) by continued unwanted behavior; to test the limits of someone's patience. His tangential questions are clearly trying the patience of the professor, who asked that all questions be held until the end of the lecture.
See also: of, patience, try
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PAUL POGBA escaped a red card but admitted he tried the patience of referee Jonathan Moss as MANCHESTER UNITED notched another 4-0 win.
A CRIMINAL who tried the patience of the courts to breaking point has been jailed.
After a winter that has tried the patience of many commuters, the trip on the $3.
His attention to detail sometimes tried the patience of others, but he had an uncanny knack of always being right.
Peter Harvey did not blame any of those who baited him even though the provocation he endured might have tried the patience of anyone of us.
This culminated in the second half when the Boks gave away penalty after penalty and eventually tried the patience of referee Alain Rolland a little too much and found themselves down to 14 men.
They, on the other hand, can look back on that time to some feeble acts of rebellion and a troubled introduction to the world of alcohol that, taken together, would have tried the patience of a saint.
The one he hit, honest to God, would have tried the patience of a saint.
George Michael has certainly tried the patience of even his most ardent fans.
NEW YORK After a long haul that might have tried the patience of even the famously unflappable title character, the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Alan Ayckbourn tuner "By Jeeves" has confirmed a Broadway opening this fall.
The old stager has sorely tried the patience of trainer Norma Macauley in recent months but, on the evidence of this win, there could be yet more races to be found with him.
His reluctance to take offensive action, even after a retreating enemy, and his general indecision tried the patience of his superiors.
But he has also tried the patience of the Forest board.
Kujawski, who has more than once tried the patience of voters during his 16 years in the Legislature, should make clear that he was serious when he voted for reform - and immediately withdraw his request before the Board of Retirement.
He certainly tried the patience of Miriam O'Callaghan on Prime Time recently, defending the Government's pathetic record on crossborder trade.