try (one's) patience

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try (one's) patience

To frustrate or annoy one by continued unwanted behavior; to test the limits of one's patience. His tangential questions are clearly trying the professor's patience, who asked that all questions be held until the end of the lecture. Will you take the kids to the playground for an hour? They're really trying my patience.
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try someone's patience

to strain someone's patience; to bother someone as if testing the person's patience. (Try means test here.) My loud neighbors are trying my patience today. You really try my patience with all your questions!
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try one's patience

Put one's tolerance to a severe test, cause one to be annoyed, as in Putting these parts together really tries my patience, or Her constant lateness tries our patience. This idiom uses try in the sense of "test," a usage dating from about 1300.
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try somebody’s ˈpatience

make somebody feel impatient: Jim’s constant complaining was really beginning to try her patience.
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He doesn't make an effort to reciprocate a tenant's friendly overture; his demeanor is only roused from its torpor by a combative tenant who tries his patience and by two men at the local bar who look at him too long.
As Andy settles into his new job, he's careful to make sure he doesn't ever terminate a call and doesn't judge, But one particular caller, Chloe, makes a persistent claim on his attention and tries his patience to the limit.
As Andy settles into his new job, one caller, Chloe, makes a persistent claim on his attention and tries his patience to the limit.