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last straw

the last of a succession of irritations, incidents, remarks, etc., that leads to a loss of patience, a disaster, etc.:
He has been late before, but this is the last straw.
Origin of last straw
First recorded in 1840-50; after the proverb “It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And if she goes away and hides from him, it'll be the last straw.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It seemed the last straw, somehow, that the lift should have gone wrong.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • This failure was the last straw, as far as Goodyear's friends were concerned.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • But Benedick would not kill Claudio, and it was the last straw of all.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • He was like the proverbial camel, which succumbs beneath the last straw.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth
British Dictionary definitions for last straw

last straw

the last straw, the final irritation or problem that stretches one's endurance or patience beyond the limit
Word Origin
from the proverb, "It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back"
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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last straw


The final insult; an act that calls for a response: her yelling at him was the last straw

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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