At the end of one's rope
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British pronunciation/at ðɪ ˈɛnd ɒv wˈɒnz ɹˈəʊp/
American pronunciation/æt ðɪ ˈɛnd ʌv wˈʌnz ɹˈoʊp/

left with no energy or patience to deal with something

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at the end of {one's} rope definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "at the end of one's rope" and when to use it?

The origin of the phrase "at the end of one's rope" can be traced back to the literal act of being tied up or bound by a rope. It metaphorically represents a point of desperation or helplessness where one feels as if they have reached the limit of their endurance or ability to cope with a challenging situation. This expression is often used to convey a sense of reaching a breaking point, where one feels they have exhausted all possible solutions, resources, or coping mechanisms. It can be applied in personal situations, such as relationship problems, financial struggles, or overwhelming responsibilities, as well as professional contexts, such as work-related stress or burnout.

He was at the end of his rope after months of searching for a job without success.
By this time next year, she will be at the end of her rope if she continues to work such long hours.
They will be at the end of their rope if the financial situation doesn't improve soon.
They were at the end of their rope while juggling multiple responsibilities and commitments.
We are currently at the end of our rope dealing with the never-ending renovations in our house.
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