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What does at the end of one's rope mean?


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at the end of one's rope

Definition

If you say someone is at the end of their rope you mean that they are in a situation in which they have no resources, strength, or patience left.

Another variation of the idiom is "at the end of my tether".

A related idiom is at death's door

Origin


The phrase may refer to the idea of throwing a safety rope to someone on the verge of drowning.

The phrase may also allude to a tether, a rope tied to an animal to limit its freedom to move. The animal is allowed to graze as far as the rope is long. But as soon as the animal reaches the end of the rope, it runs out of grass to feed on.

Example(s)

She was so ill and was at the end of her rope.
I can't stand working in this place anymore. I'm at the end of my rope.

This idiom is in the animals category


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