last straw

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noun
  1. 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”
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affront, indignity, limit, overload, provocation

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last straw

noun
  1. the last straw the final irritation or problem that stretches one's endurance or patience beyond the limit

Word Origin for last straw

from the proverb, "It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back"
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