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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
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • From both sides tension was rapidly proceeding to the breaking point.

    The French Revolution Hilaire Belloc
  • Then, four years after the son's return, the breaking point came.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • Here, then, was the weak link in Ruiz Gregorio's chain twisted to the breaking point at the very outset.

    Empire Builders Francis Lynde
  • That last minute, the other side of the breaking point, is worth thinking about.

    21 Frank Crane
  • It is a critical period,—she has reached the breaking point.

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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