- 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
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Examples from the Web for breaking point
Fate recognised that there would come a breaking-point, and relented in time.One Day's Courtship
Was this the final crash of a brain driven to breaking-point?The Golden Woman
As for driving them to breaking-point, I think you need not fear for that.Nicanor - Teller of Tales
C. Bryson Taylor
He had been strained by something or other to the breaking-point—so much was evident.IT and Other Stories
The cords in his neck stood out like strings drawn to the breaking-point.Long Live the King
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- the point at which something or someone gives way under strain
- the moment of crisis in a situation
- The point at which physical, mental, or emotional strength gives way under stress.
- The point at which a condition or situation becomes critical.
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