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

be at one's wits' end


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

    • ‘But I imagine that both the teacher and the other children were at their wits end.’
    • ‘An escalation in vandalism has been reported by residents since Christmas and some are now at their wits end.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A disabled council tenant says she was left at her wits end because essential repairs to her house were not carried out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I ended up taking nearly 4 hours to finish checking my email, and I was nearly at my wits' end.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the woman says she and her children are at their wits end.’
    • ‘And he said he is at his wits end trying to get the problem fixed.’