One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the programme of activities is a godsend for harassed parents’
stressed, strained, frayed, harried, stressed out, worn out, hard-pressed, careworn, worried, troubled, vexed, beleaguered, agitated, fretting, distraught
under stress, under pressure, at the end of one's tether, with one's back to the wall, with one's back up against the wall
North American at the end of one's rope
British informal under the cosh, stressy
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