lose patience


: to become annoyed or upset about having to wait for something
Those people have been here for hours, and they're starting to lose patience.
often + with
The team continues to play poorly, and many fans are starting to lose patience with them.

Examples of lose patience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But many colleges in the latter camp have started to lose patience amid the increasing combativeness of some of the protesters. Chris Pandolfo, Fox News, 8 May 2024 Some rank-and-file GOP lawmakers had started to lose patience with the Ohio Republican’s efforts to continue his campaign after losses on two consecutive ballots. WSJ, 19 Oct. 2023 Were the United States and fellow NATO members to lose patience in Ukraine, the Kremlin might well declare the war a strategic triumph even if Russia remained mired in conflict in Ukraine, and it might be seen globally as a triumph for Moscow. Liana Fix, Foreign Affairs, 12 Sep. 2023 Eventually, Morris would lose patience and order them off his mound. Scott Miller, New York Times, 20 June 2023 The book’s conclusion—that if something is not done, citizens may lose patience—leaves the reader entirely in the dark about what, if anything, could address these problems. Michael Reid, Foreign Affairs, 18 Apr. 2023 Eventually, Morris would lose patience and order them off his mound. Scott Miller, New York Times, 20 June 2023 Not surprisingly, the shareholders—first and foremost the Saudi Arabian PIF government fund—are beginning to lose patience. Georg Kacher, Car and Driver, 12 June 2023 Now some lenders are starting to lose patience, brokers and investors say, which could lead to an increase in foreclosures and distressed-property sales in the first half of 2021. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, 2 Jan. 2021

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“Lose patience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lose%20patience. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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