last straw


Definition of 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 For her part, Ms. Weyant said Mr. Blum’s alleged consignment proved to be the last straw. Kelly Crow, WSJ, 18 June 2022 Construction of the Hollywood Freeway, which required leveling a hillside and thus removing a crucial reflector of sound, was the last straw. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 To a nation which had lost 105 lives to gun massacres in the preceding decade, this was the last straw. Philip Alpers, CNN, 1 June 2022 The sound of a gunshot ringing out at 2:00 a.m. was the last straw for Laurie and Tim. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 18 Apr. 2022 The last swing of the eighth inning — a half-hearted check swing on a low changeup — was the last straw for some inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Tuesday. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2022 That was the last straw for some longtime, diehard A’s fans. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Apr. 2022 But Watson’s personal behavior is the last straw for some fans, writes Doug Lesmerises. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 21 Mar. 2022 Seeing the incriminating picture, Rhodes decides, was the last straw for Plath, who reacted by killing herself. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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22 Jun 2022

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“Last straw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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