last straw


Definition of last straw 

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

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And the last straw here is this allegation that came about last Thursday, and again. Fox News, "Graham: Democrats are trying to destroy Kavanaugh's life," 17 Sep. 2018 But for Loeb, the last straw was a September paper by Cambridge University's Roman Rafikov (timestamp 28:39). Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Nailing down the nature of ‘Oumuamua—it’s probably a comet, but…," 29 Nov. 2018 The last straw may have come when the group sued to desegregate two school districts. Jeff Amy, The Seattle Times, "Lawyer in civil rights struggle, Michael Trister, dies at 77," 30 Oct. 2018 The Helsinki meeting took place just two weeks after the ABC interview, and Trump’s performance there could have been the last straw for Cohen. Alex Ward, Vox, "Cohen’s lawyer claims the flip happened because of the Trump-Putin meeting," 22 Aug. 2018 While O’Hara would eventually beat that rap, for the Narragansett Park investors, the indictment was the last straw. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017 For Bumgarner, the three-time World Series champ and MVP of the 2014 Series, that might be the last straw. John Shea,, "Giants’ Madison Bumgarner: Baseball rule changes ‘kind of getting out of hand’," 25 June 2018 But the last straw for her didn't even involve the village board. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Frustrated environmental-committee members resign. Now Hales Corners fruit and nut orchard is at risk," 18 June 2018 Meanwhile, salaries have remained stagnant for years, The last straw came last month when Mulki proposed a 5% increase in the corporate tax. Nabih Bulos,, "With protests rocking Jordan, king accepts resignation of prime minister, names reformer as successor," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of last straw

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for last straw

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

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