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breaking point

the point at which a person, object, structure, etc., collapses under stress.
the point at which a situation or condition becomes critical.
Origin of breaking point
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The same old Joe, but tenser now, strained almost to the breaking point.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • At that moment the appearance of Flora could not but bring the tension to the breaking point.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • There was the dullness that comes when grief has reached the breaking point.

    The White Desert

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • His voice, like Brayley's, had the ring of a man strained to the breaking point.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • He felt that he was near the breaking point; that he could no more endure.

    The Life of the Party Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for breaking point

breaking point

the point at which something or someone gives way under strain
the moment of crisis in a situation
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breaking point in Medicine

breaking point break·ing point (brā'kĭng)

  1. The point at which physical, mental, or emotional strength gives way under stress.

  2. The point at which a condition or situation becomes critical.

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