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.
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How to use last straw in a sentence
The attack on the Capitol, however, was the last straw for many still hoping to lay eyes on history.Inaugurations are highly anticipated events in D.C. Now people must watch from their couches. | Emily Davies | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
When she discovers that he and Marina are planning to have a quickie marriage in Scotland, it’s the last straw.‘Bridgerton’ dropped several clues about Lady Whistledown’s identity. Did they add up? | Bethonie Butler | January 6, 2021 | Washington Post
The pandemic is the last straw for some San Francisco-based tech leaders.
A group of Episcopal Church members found that to be something of a last straw.Peer coaches work to address covid-19, other health disparities in Baltimore | Meredith Cohn | November 8, 2020 | Washington Post
The last straw came in January, when Chase took the gang to Las Vegas.
The last straw was when Congressman John Lewis—the Civil Rights legend—came out in support of Hillary Clinton in October 2007.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable | Joshua DuBois | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“When the NCAA ran away from the concussion issue that was the last straw” said Huma.
The last straw was Heartland putting up a billboard with a picture of the Unabomber as emblematic of global-warming believers.
Writer Benjamin Anastas has had enough with 140-character bursts, and Rushdie's mourning for Whitney Houston was the last straw.
It's the last straw when that lobby also sets up itself as the civility police.
And then, it was pretty near the last straw to have that relative roll a stone down the bank and put Clip out of the running.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
Mr. Neech threw his eyes up to the ceiling and looked as if Michael's arrival were indeed the last straw.Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
Now go to bed, and do not let the trouble worry you, my sweet; that would indeed be the last straw.A Very Naughty Girl | L. T. Meade
To the poor Duchess of Buckingham, who was as saintly as her husband was impious, this was the last straw.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall | W. R. H. Trowbridge
I'm getting sick of the mud and water and all the troubles we are having, and this last business is about the last straw.The Boy Chums in the Florida Jungle | Wilmer M. Ely
British Dictionary definitions for last straw
the last straw the final irritation or problem that stretches one's endurance or patience beyond the limit
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