Definition of breaking point in US English:

breaking point


  • The moment of greatest strain at which someone or something gives way.

    ‘her nerves were stretched to the breaking point’
    ‘the tense situation reached the breaking point late last week’
    • ‘The people are labouring beyond their breaking points, all for nothing.’
    • ‘The breaking point was when we started to control another nation.’
    • ‘Which means, effectively, sending more people to prison at a time when our prisons are straining to breaking point.’
    • ‘The issues were slightly more complex than that, but that was the final breaking point really.’
    • ‘The breaking point came when she heard of a big bomb blast in one of the busy markets in Delhi that her parents frequented.’
    • ‘Their unwillingness to be open and honest will be the breaking point of any decommissioning process.’
    • ‘Women frolic, men pose and the sun scorches the sand while relationships are strained to breaking point.’
    • ‘We are deluged with trivial information and pointless musings which strain the patience to breaking point.’
    • ‘That information was then used to identify detainee breaking points.’
    • ‘Can hope be discovered and sustained for those who have gone beyond their breaking point?’
    • ‘He knows very well the breaking point at which people lose their patience and give him a thrashing.’
    • ‘We all have our breaking points, and this just happened to be mine.’
    • ‘After years of barking up the wrong tree, I have reached the breaking point.’
    • ‘I can look back and see my breaking points as well as the points where I started to put myself back together.’
    • ‘If anything, they are likely to keep on increasing until a breaking point is reached.’
    • ‘I used to consider myself a strong person but everybody has their breaking point.’
    • ‘Credibility is strained to near breaking point by incidents like this but never quite snaps.’
    • ‘Those things have to be worked out, but things are getting to the breaking point.’
    • ‘The brutal battle raged all day as wave after wave of enemy infantry and tanks were hurled against defences strained to breaking point.’
    • ‘I tried to get down as fast as I could, bringing my comfort level past the breaking point.’
    utmost, extremity, greatest extent, ultimate, end point, the bitter end
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breaking point

/ˈbrākiNG ˌpoint//ˈbreɪkɪŋ ˌpɔɪnt/