last straw


: the last of a series (as of events or indignities) that brings one beyond the point of endurance

Examples of last straw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some had long opposed rising authoritarianism, and the invasion was a last straw. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2023 That was a breaking point last straw for Mack. CBS News, 27 Sep. 2022 Waters has given many interviews in recent years that some fans who support Israel and/or Ukraine have considered a last straw. Chris Willman, Variety, 7 Feb. 2023 Critics saw this as a last straw, so their rage only intensified when head coach John Harbaugh stood by his offensive staff in his news conference Monday while acknowledging that the Ravens must throw more efficiently. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 22 Dec. 2022 Could a loss to an unraveling rival be his last straw at UCLA? Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 The matter of their fictional son, a private sick joke that’s not supposed to be brought up with outsiders, is the last straw. Dallas News, 12 July 2022 For some traders, the recent collapse of the crypto exchange FTX—which is dragging down other firms—was the last straw. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


from the fable of the last straw that broke the camel's back when added to its burden

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of last straw was in 1845

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“Last straw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

last straw

: the last of a series (as of events or troubles) that causes one to give up or lose patience
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