at the end of your tether

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - at the end of your tether

"at the end of your tether"

out of energy or patience;

exhausted or exasperated


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - at the end of your tether

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  We have been working eighty hours a week for months now. I am so very tired and ready to quit.

Colleague 2:  Sounds like you are at the end of your tether.

Colleague 1:  I can't even think straight any more.

Colleague 2:  Let's take this weekend off to recover and regain our energy.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - at the end of your tether

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Harold has been fighting the medical system for months now.

Friend 2:  Being ill and having to fight the bureaucracy must be exasperating.

Friend 1:  Harold is at the end of his tether. He simply does not know what to do anymore. He is ready to just give up.

at the end of your tether - Usage:


at the end of your tether - Gerund Form:

Being at the end of his tether, the man finally started to yell and scream in exasperation.

at the end of your tether - Examples:

1)  ... he's in a very dark place, an assassin at the end of his tether. Finch gives him a reason to live, a new purpose.

2)  He's at the end of his tether and lets Jake know he can't do this anymore. 

3)  ... not wait until the kids is absolutely at the end of his tether before you decide to "make things right". 

4)  ... a broke, frustrated artist who feels like he's at the end of his tether yet still yearning for a chance to make his mark on the world.

5)  Thomas, on the other hand, was at the end of his tether. His health was suffering. He was desperate to resign.

6)  They are at the end of their tether, perhaps experiencing the worst scenario of their lives: They need a wheelchair.

7)  At the end of their tether and having "tried everything", the Abbotsford couple decided to give the surgery ...

8)  They were at the end of their tether trying to get her help and decided to force her to get it.

9)  Many say they're stressed and feel at the end of their tether.

10)  Someone who might feel like they are at the end of their tether need only listen to this album to find hope and the strength to carry on.

11)  Physically, mentally, emotionally, I was at the end of my tether last year and I was scared.

12)  ... and I was at the end of my tether and didn't know what else to do.

13)  No answers. No nothing. I'm at the end of my tether. What's left. Suicide?

14)  As a single mother, I was at the end of my tether. Worse, my doctor told me hysterectomy was my only option.

15)  Once, when I was dangling at the end of my tether, I insisted he go to the doctor for a hearing test.

16)  His wife Suganthi is at the end of her tether when he pawns her jewelry to pay for ...

17)  ... was at the end of her tether when she went into a health food store in 2008 searching for something to soothe ...

18)  ... once again proves herself to be at the end of her tether in her sincere sadness at having lost her fortune, husband and now possibly her ...

19)  ... because she's a miserable woman, just a woman at the end of her tether.

20)  ... turned herself in because "she said she was at the end of her tether, she was tired of running."