be at the end of (one's) tether

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be at the end of (one's) tether

To be completely worn out, exasperated, or exhausted; to have no more patience, endurance, or energy left. Joshua started throwing a tantrum this afternoon, and with all the other things I have to get done, I'm at the end of my tether!
See also: end, of, tether

be at the ˌend of your ˈtether

(British English) (American English be at the ˌend of your ˈrope) having no more patience or strength left: After two hours of hearing the children shout and argue, I really was at the end of my tether.
See also: end, of, tether
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They told me they were all there to discuss the same issue and that they were at the end of their tether, as they are having to contend with cars being parked across and even in their driveways on school days.
NO doubt the referee and players were at the end of their tether - their football match in Gateshead had to be called off because a horse was tied to a goal post.