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wit's end

A state of distress that is reached when someone has no more patience. Often used in the phrase "at wit's end" or "at (one's) wit's end." The baby's been crying for hours, and I've reached my wit's end! I'm already at wit's end, so if this train gets delayed too, I'm going to scream.
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The people are at their wits end because of inflation, rising unemployment and lack of economic opportunities.
Welsh Premier LLANDUDNO 0 CEFN DRUIDS 0 By DAVE JONES LLANDUDNO boss Iwan Williams says he is at his wits end over his team's inability to score goals.
I have had a few problems regarding benefits and last September/October I was at my wits end due to incompetent agencies.
The Chairman declared it as an unfortunate incident and said such events indicate the cowardice of forces of oppression, intolerant and extremist mindsets as well as show that these extremist elements are at their wits end.
That is hospital speak for the patient who maybe strangulates a hernia in the middle of the night or the anxious parent who is at their wits end when their child develops a high fever.
A BIRMINGHAM businessman claims to be at his wits end after being refused permission to demolish his derelict factory because of its rich industrial history.
The scene opens with the painter at his wits end as his difficult muse refuses to smile for him as he attempts to create his masterpiece, Spring Allegory.
By the time Ophie was born, she is at her wits end to maintain her family.
When James Toller's At Wits End was in the line-up for Newmarket's Friday card at the end of last month, he was burdened with my selection but withdrawn, presumably because the ground was considered too fast.
Trucker Paul, 39, of Hamilton, said: "I'm at my wits end. I've made countless calls but I'm no further forward." I phoned 3, they got on the case and cancelled the accounts.
The 41-year-old, from Edinburgh, said: "I've been at my wits end, but he refuses to eat anything.
Twelve-year-old Ben doesn't want to be treated like a child, but he's at wits end trying to deal with his short-tempered father and the old cow boss with a grudge against him.
Cardiff Central AM Jenny Randerson said, 'Some head teachers are at their wits end as to how they are going to cope with asylum seekers.'
Just as photographer Joseph Rodriguez found himself at his wits end years ago at Rikers Island, so do countless teens who struggle today to understand their place in a society that rejects them.
But just two years ago, he was at wits end. Having arrived in the Sault with his wife from southern Ontario looking for a better quality of life, his four-month job search turned sour and he was preparing to pack his bags to head back.