the end of one's tether

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the end of one's tether

chiefly British, informal
: a state in which one is not able to deal with a problem, difficult situation, etc., any longer
  • I've been dealing with their lies for too long. I'm at the end of my tether.

Word by Word Definitions

end play
  1. : the part of an area that lies at the boundary

  2. : a point that marks the extent of something

  3. : the point where something ceases to exist

  1. : to bring to an end

  2. : destroy

  3. : to make up the end of

  1. : final, ultimate

  1. : to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack

  1. : within : inside — compare ect-, exo-

  2. : taking in

tether play
  1. : a line (as of rope or chain) by which an animal is fastened so as to restrict its range of movement

  2. : a line to which someone or something is attached (as for security)

  3. : the limit of one's strength or resources

  1. : to fasten or restrain by or as if by a tether


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