Definition of be at one's wits' end in English:

be at one's wits' end


  • Be overwhelmed with problems and at a loss as to what to do next.

    ‘I'm almost at my wits' end trying to cope with these demands’
    • ‘We had a meeting with staff and council officers last Monday, the 20th, where they said they couldn't carry on as they were and they were at their wits' end.’
    • ‘But I imagine that both the teacher and the other children were at their wits end.’
    • ‘They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their calamity; they reeled and staggered like drunkards, and were at their wits' end.’
    • ‘Irate motorists were at their wits' end in Carlow on the bank holiday Friday when the local UDC decided to shut down one of the main connecting roads in the town.’
    • ‘A disabled council tenant says she was left at her wits end because essential repairs to her house were not carried out.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the woman says she and her children are at their wits end.’
    • ‘I ended up taking nearly 4 hours to finish checking my email, and I was nearly at my wits' end.’
    • ‘And he said he is at his wits end trying to get the problem fixed.’
    • ‘Bangalore was the fastest developing city in the East and civic agencies here were at their wits' end to cater to the growing population, the minister said.’
    • ‘An escalation in vandalism has been reported by residents since Christmas and some are now at their wits end.’