Definition of on one's beam ends in English:

on one's beam ends


  • Near the end of one's resources; desperate.

    ‘if they were on their beam ends they might brave an audience with Fisher’
    • ‘I underwent on 25th, in going through the Ghwozhe Pass, I caught a violent fever, and the next day was laid on my beam ends, and did not get round again till the middle of last month.’
    • ‘The Orwell we encounter at the beginning of this book is Eric Blair, the Old Etonian drop-out and insecure drifter, more or less on his beam ends.’
    • ‘Gentleman gives the impression that field sports are on their beam ends.’
    • ‘Similarly, they tend to disapprove of a 42-year-old millionaire dressing like a student on his beam ends.’
    • ‘‘He was down on his beam ends,’ she recalled.’
    • ‘We are pretty well on our beam ends as far as Christmas fare is concerned.’
    • ‘Thrown on their beam ends, they were presently planning something else, eager to shake dice with destiny and with courage unbroken.’
    • ‘We were on our beam ends the day we finally reached Cape Smith.’
    • ‘And those guys pretend they're on their beam ends.’
    • ‘At times I was actually on my beam ends - but happy.’
    • ‘We were repeatedly laid over on our beam ends and washed over by the seas as if we were a half tide rock.’
    • ‘And this was our darkest hour when we were absolutely on our beam ends and very nearly sunk.’
    destitute, poverty-stricken, impoverished, indigent, penniless, insolvent, impecunious, ruined, pauperized, without a penny to one's name, without two farthings to rub together, without two pennies to rub together
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