the final/last straw


: the last in a series of bad things that happen to make someone very upset, angry, etc.
It had been a difficult week, so when the car broke down, it was the last straw.

Examples of the final/last straw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Related Articles Miss Manners: The birthday joke was the last straw. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, 2 Apr. 2024 For Northern Territory officials, Tuesday’s violence – and clashes later that night involving around 150 people armed with axes, machetes and knives – was the final straw. Hilary Whiteman, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 The demonstration was sparked by Rittenhouse's planned appearance, but that was only the last straw. The Courier-Journal, 28 Mar. 2024 But my two-year-old cat’s sudden death was the final straw. Kayla Blanton, SELF, 19 Mar. 2024 The result was the final straw for De Laurentiis, who brought an end to Mazzarri’s disappointing spell of six wins in 17 matches. David Ferrini, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The demise of Oakland’s only In-N-Out restaurant due to increasing crime could be the last straw for community members — and possibly a blessing in disguise for local leaders who’ve been pleading for help. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 The casualties of last year’s storms was the last straw, according to Karazissis. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8 Mar. 2024 For Wallis, the episode was the last straw in an increasingly contentious relationship. Chris Yogerst, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Mar. 2024

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