Definition of the end of one's tether in English:

the end of one's tether

(North American the end of one's rope)

phrase

  • Having no patience or energy left to cope with something.

    ‘I don't know what to do. I'm at the end of my tether’
    ‘these individuals have reached the end of their tether’
    • ‘A lot of residents are at the end of their tether and I don't think he realises exactly what he has done.’
    • ‘We have some members of the group who have reached the end of their tether and feel they can't go on.’
    • ‘There's no need to wait until you are at the end of your tether before you come here.’
    • ‘I am at the end of my tether and I feel that I can no longer cope with the behaviour of the defendant and her family.’
    • ‘‘It's at crisis point, teachers are at the end of their tether,’ he said.’
    • ‘He said children had repeatedly kicked a football at his gable end wall for two years and that the thudding had brought him and his wife, Sue, to the end of their tether.’
    • ‘But, when it's an individual who is obviously very distressed and at the end of their tether and upset, you feel heart-sorry for them.’
    • ‘Residents are at the end of their tether with regard to youth crime in the area.’
    • ‘The ad, which speaks to a patient at the end of his rope, states, ‘If you have advanced HIV, your options are limited.’’
    • ‘Neighbours are also at the end of their tether with the trouble.’
    • ‘She said she can't cope with it anymore as she's at the end of her tether.’
    • ‘Gardeners are near the end of their tether because of youngsters rampaging through their allotment, leaving a trail of devastation behind them.’
    at one's wits' end, desperate, not knowing which way to turn, unable to cope
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