breaking point


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 The pandemic pushed the Tenderloin to a breaking point, but some advocates see a future of block parties and garden beds. Sarah Feldberg,, "Welcome to the Throughline: A new series about the Bay Area of tomorrow," 12 July 2020 Seeing this strong man at his breaking point greatly impacted the shy and humble Quinteros, a mother of two who had immigrated from Guatemala. Susan Young,, "Man Who Was 'Fighting for His Life' Credits Hospital Staffer with Helping Him Beat COVID-19," 8 July 2020 As a result of that relentless assault, the already threadbare safety net has reached a breaking point during the pandemic. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Conservative Austerity Created the Mask Wars," 3 July 2020 Beyond the breaking point Day says most people who make suicidal gestures don’t take their own lives. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, "After 2018 suicide attempt, A’Shon Riggins fights to defeat mental health stigma for others," 2 July 2020 According to sources close to Love, that was a breaking point, letting his trade desire be known to those around him. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Kevin Love lets frustration and misery get best of him while plummeting value: Cleveland Cavaliers Season Review," 1 July 2020 The sharp spike in coronavirus cases has health care workers bracing for months of upheaval at San Antonio hospitals — and the possibility they will be pushed to the breaking point. Lauren Caruba,, "‘It’s going to last a while’: Influx of COVID-19 patients threatens to push San Antonio hospitals to the breaking point," 28 June 2020 Today, these resources are nearing the breaking point. Mohammed Saeed, Quartz, "Why AI is the next way patients will choose their doctors," 26 June 2020 My mom’s brother and his family also got sick, and my mom hit a breaking point when my uncle was admitted to the hospital. Lori Gottlieb, The Atlantic, "Dear Therapist: My Mom Is Struggling With Serious Depression," 22 June 2020

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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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24 Jul 2020

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“Breaking point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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: the point at which a person gives way under stress

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