breaking point

noun

Definition of breaking point

1 : the point at which a person gives way under stress
2 : the point at which a situation becomes critical
3 : the point at which something loses force or validity stretch the rules to the breaking point

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Examples of breaking point in a Sentence

tensions between the two nations had risen to the breaking point
Recent Examples on the Web Business leaders at a roundtable discussion organized by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce told Vos and fellow Republican Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu that the labor shortage problem has reached a breaking point. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Business leaders at a roundtable discussion organized by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce told Vos and fellow Republican Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu that the worker shortage problem has reached a breaking point. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 Business leaders at a roundtable discussion organized by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce told Vos and fellow Republican Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu that the worker shortage problem has reached a breaking point. Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, 2 June 2021 Older athletes in gymnastics have often been cited as models of how to excel without passing a breaking point. New York Times, 4 May 2021 With ArcLight, though, the situation clearly reached a breaking point. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 In the finale, an emergency meeting decides Peter’s future with the hockey program, and Maya reaches a breaking point. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2021 By the late 1960s, conditions in the nation’s cities were reaching breaking point. Divya Subramanian, The New Republic, 17 Mar. 2021 It was was primed for failure even before the pandemic — amid it, that bureaucracy reached a breaking point. oregonlive, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of breaking point

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of breaking point was in 1865

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7 Jun 2021

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“Breaking point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breaking%20point. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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breaking point

noun

Medical Definition of breaking point

: the point at which a person gives way under stress

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