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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The last straw: Former Vice President Joe Biden edged out Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in the not-scientific but generally-pretty-accurate Iowa Straw Poll for the Democratic presidential caucuses, The Gazette’s James Lynch reports., "Mike Pence says the economy will remain strong -- unless Democrats win in 2020: The Flyover," 20 Aug. 2019 But at 84, widowed and slowing down, the last straw for my mother was an errant bat in the bedroom at midnight. Lee Woodruff, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A summer vacation caregiver," 8 Aug. 2019 The extradition bill was simply the last straw, exposing -- and deepening -- a rift in Hong Kong society than runs far deeper than a single piece of law. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Family feuds and social media spats: The generational divide that's splitting apart Hong Kong," 9 July 2019 Seemingly the last straw, Real shipped him off to Celtic in the summer of 2006, after just 18 months at the club., "Real Madrid: 24 Premier League Stars Who Moved to Los Blancos & How Successful Each Player Was," 13 June 2019 The chat communications, revealed by Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism July 13, appeared to be the last straw for many on the island. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "Insults from their own governor finally pushed Puerto Ricans over the edge," 25 July 2019 Sands mistakenly thought Carter was involved in the altercation, but her death was the last straw for the city’s black citizens who had long suffered violence at the hands of the police. Shauna Stuart |,, "Documentary about Richard Arrington Jr. to premiere at the Sidewalk Film Festival," 24 July 2019 The Phylos situation, while not the only reason the project shuttered, was just the last straw. Hannah Wallace, WIRED, "High Drama: A Cannabis Biotech Company Roils Small Growers," 24 July 2019 For some lawmakers, his recent threat, since aborted, to impose a 5% tariff on everything that crosses the border from Mexico was the last straw. William Hauk, The Conversation, "How Congress lost power over trade deals – and why some lawmakers want it back," 9 July 2019

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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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